These Parasites Can Attack Your Skin And You Might Not Know About It

These Parasites Can Attack Your Skin And You Might Not Know About It
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We are sorry for being the ones bringing you the bad news, but if you think that mosquitoes are the baddest of all insects that you've to deal with, then you're hell wrong! The worst of the worst can even leave mosquitoes struggling to seem menacing! Yes, it's true, and that insect that takes the crown is the Jigger. Jiggers are a flea-like insect, and they have a nasty habit. When they come in contact with humans, female jiggers latch on, burrow inside of their hosts, and lay their eggs. Once those eggs hatch, they burrow in alongside mom, which can lead to a slew of horrible side-effects -- including death!

Jigger - the world's smallest flea.

Jigger - the world's smallest flea.

These bugs live in sand and soil, waiting for something to step on them so that they can latch on to them.

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Jigger attached to human foot

Jigger attached to human foot
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They bury their heads into the flesh and leave their abdomens exposed, almost like a tick. After about two weeks, the abdomen becomes engorged with eggs.

When the eggs multiply, they destroy soft tissue, nerves, and blood vessels!

When the eggs multiply, they destroy soft tissue, nerves, and blood vessels!
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The result is quite painful if left untreated. Once the eggs hatch, the mother dies, which often leads to infection.

Although the parasite can be removed by doctors, there is sadly a certain social stigma associated with the infection that keeps people from reporting infestations

Although the parasite can be removed by doctors, there is sadly a certain social stigma associated with the infection that keeps people from reporting infestations
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Subsequent infections can lead to the amputation of limbs, and in the worst cases, even death.