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He even has a nice nickname: geographic bug. And it got that fame because it gets under the skin, drawing lines that look like nonexistent maps.
Have you ever been a victim? Well, the geographical animal is frequent in several beaches of our country.
The parasite, by official name Ancylostoma, really likes to infect cats and dogs, to develop in their intestines. It strikes these preferred victims when they eat parasite eggs or larvae, already contaminated animals, or when they eat them. larvae penetrate through the skin.
Once contaminated, the pussies eliminate the eggs of this parasite along with their feces. Eggs that turn into larvae, eager to find a new host.
We are not the favorite hosts. But if we get in contact with the larvae, they pierce and enter our skin. Just as it does in cats and dogs, the parasite tries to deepen to reach other organs. But luckily, human skin is a barrier that this larva cannot overcome.
It does not go beyond the most superficial layers. And then it's right there, digging tunnels, walking aimlessly, giving the mapmaker (professional who draws maps).
The characteristic lesions of the geographic bug are precisely the tunnels that the parasite is digging and that we can see through the transparency of the skin. They are reddish, sinuous, itchy grooves.
For a beach without cats and dogs
Here comes the question: How did a dog and cat parasite get to the beach sand you go to?
That's right: of course Rex, Geek and Rufus have been around, doing their basic needs without any embarrassment on the soft sand where you lie down. It was they who dumped the parasite's eggs in the sand. So if Geek is yours, don't take it to the beach.
Also be sure to give him deworms, and collect his feces in public places. Another place where you get geographic animals are playgrounds where there is no restriction on the entry of dogs and cats. The larvae stay in the sand or earth that children play with.
Treatment and prevention
To stop the parasite, just take a dewormer or pass an ointment. The larva dies and everything ends well. And to prevent the problem, wear a flip-flop on beaches frequented by dogs and cats. When sitting, use a treadmill or sarong. Take care of yourself this summer. Unless instead of henna tattoo, you want to come back from the beach with a beautiful world map drawn on the skin. Eww !!