Medical experts explain that human body suffers from various types of health conditions, and in most cases, many different parasites are the cause. In order to protect your overall you need to be cautious and thus avoid some severe issue.

In today’s article we’re going to write about jiggers.

Jiggers – Facts You Must Know:

What are jiggers?

Jiggers are tiny mite whose parasitic larvae live on or under the skin of warm-blooded animals, where they cause irritation and dermatitis or sometimes transmit scrub typhus.

These small chigoe fleas that live in the dust, also can be found on the dirt floors in schools and in the homes of many families in Uganda and places with similar climates. These parasitic insects cling to and infest livestock, thus transferring jiggers into homes primarily in rural and unclean areas. Experts explain that the female jiggers burrow into the surface of skin that has been exposed to the flea and after they have embedded in the body, the jigger starts laying eggs and thus creates up to pea-size egg sacks and continues to multiply by laying more and more eggs.

Most Common Symptoms:

When is almost fully developed, the infestation begins to irritate and cause itchiness. At some patients, it causes severe inflammation and ulceration. Doctors warn that if the female flea dies in the skin, it may even cause a secondary infection and if this condition is left untreated it could lead to tetanus, gangrene and even loss of a toe.

Causes of the jigger infestation:

One of the main causes is poor hygiene conditions.

Side Effects:

The wounds caused by jigger are very painful and furthermore cause difficulties for victims in performing their daily activities such as walking, playing and even attending at school.

This infection may lead to severe inflammation, ulceration and fibrosis. Moreover, it may cause lymphangitis, gangrene, sepsis and the loss of toenails, amputation of the digits, and at most severe cases, death may occur.

Although jiggers in small numbers are not deadly, the secondary infections such as gangrene, tetanus and other diseases which are caused by jiggers can be fatal.

How to Protect Yourself:

How to protect yourself against jiggers – it is very simple. Any time you go out for hang out or hiking make sure to keep your shoes with you and use thick shocks to cover your foot. Thoroughly wash your feet on daily basis. In case you notice some wound or cut always consult with a doctor.

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