Handling Of Skin Diseases Due To Sand Worms?

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Hi dokI have experienced the impact of being exposed to sand worms for 3 days, I have consulted with a doctor but there is no result, how to treat it?

1 Answer:

Hello Fahmi, Thank you for the question.


Sand worms are known as cutaneous migrans larvae in medical language. This condition is an infection of the skin caused by the entry of hookworm larvae into the skin. This infection occurs due to skin contact with soil or sand contaminated with dog or cat feces with worm larvae or hookworm in it. Cutaneous migratory larvae cause itching or tingling 30 minutes after the worm larvae enter the skin which is then followed by the appearance of a red rash in the form of a winding line. This red rash can increase in length along with the movement of worm larvae in the skin. In some cases, worm larvae can cause infections in the lungs by entering blood vessels and infections of the small intestine. Itchy symptoms will continue to appear if the infection is still ongoing, and usually get worse at night.


Patients who are proven to have cutaneous migrans larvae will be treated with worm medicines such as albendazole, tiabendazole, or ivermectin. In addition, doctors can also provide antihistamine drugs to relieve itching symptoms. How long have you been taking the medicine given by the doctor? Cutaneous migrans larvae can actually disappear by themselves without treatment but it takes time for 4-8 weeks to heal completely. Treatment is given to sufferers to speed healing. However, treatment for this condition cannot occur too quickly. Usually after treatment is started, itching symptoms will begin to subside within 24-48 hours but to recover completely it takes at least 1 week after treatment. Due to limited information about the drugs you are taking, for now, you should continue your medication given by your doctor and wait up to 1 week. You can consult your doctor again if your itchy complaints do not improve at all, a new red rash on your skin is found before completing treatment, or there is no change in symptoms after 1 week.


In the future, please always use your footwear if you walk outdoors. Make sure you also always maintain the cleanliness of your body including your legs after outdoor activities.


Hopefully this information is useful.

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