Characteristics of skin parasites
Skin parasites are organisms capable of living in the skin of other organisms.
Humans, like other creatures, can also become hosts or carriers of many parasites who, besides being very disturbing, can transmit numerous diseases.
Types of skin parasites
The main human skin parasites are:
- Lice: Head lice are parasitic wingless insects that live in the body of mammals, including man. Lice infestation is known as pediculosis. The main lice that affect humans are:
- Scabies mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) It is a type of arachnid that penetrates the skin, lay their eggs, once they have hatched, produce an intense itching. This type of parasite is responsible for scabies
- Loa loa/ African eye worm: It is a worm that can be found in Africa. It is responsible for an infestation known as loasis. It lives under the skin of the head, body and limbs which produces tunnels that manifest externally in the form of marks, some of them can appear in the eye ball, causing sight problems. The contagion is produced by means of some flies bites (Chrysops silicea and Chrysops dimidiata.)
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