Chigoe Flea

I know a guy who used to get these bites that wouldn't heal. A bite with a tiny black speck giving away the fact that something was living inside... He got these on his neck, on his chin, and they would itch tremendously. Where else he had them, he didn't say.

He asked me to treat them with MMS, that claims to eradicate all pests... bah humbug. The MMS burned a hole in his face, his neck.

He used to take long baths in his friend's seawater pool, and that would help with the itching, but didn't do much for the whole issue: bites and new bites with little black speck in the middle.

He hasn't complained for some time now, so I thought to ask him what happened.

Lo and behold, he called me today. His bites are gone. He has access to laser, the type is used for injuries and such. He lasered them, and it seems that the laser has effectively killed them.

So what was biting him?

From the symptoms I guess it was chigoa mite or maybe the kind of flea that burrows into the skin, leaving her anus outside so she can defecate and lay eggs through it. Muscle test say it was this latter. It's a tropical flea,[1] in underdeveloped tropical countries.

If he managed to catch them with the laser before they produced eggs, he could get rid of the infestation.

Aren't you glad that chigoe flea is not what you have? Compared to that having mites seems easy... but it not that easy, as you can see from the rest of this blog.

It's taken me painstakingly test one method after the other, and I haven't gotten to the end of it yet.

Footnotes:

  1. Tungiasis is an infestation of the skin by a burrowing flea called Tunga penetrans (also known as Sarcopsylla penetrans or Pulex penetrans, or more commonly as the chigoe flea, bicho de pie (bug of the foot), jigger, nigua, pico, pigue, and sand flea. Chigoe flea is sometimes confused with chigger or harvest mite.

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