Cutaneous Larva Migrans (CLM)

Cutaneous larva migrans (CLM) is a skin condition caused by the migration of animal hookworm larvae in the top layers of the skin. These larvae are usually found in soil or sand contaminated with animal feces and can penetrate human skin, causing an itchy, winding, and often painful rash.

The rash of CLM typically appears as a red, raised, and winding track on the skin, and can sometimes be accompanied by small blisters and bumps. The condition usually occurs on the feet, but can also occur on other areas of the body that come into contact with contaminated soil or sand.

Treatment for CLM may involve medications such as ivermectin or albendazole, which can help to eliminate the larvae and relieve symptoms. Preventive measures, such as wearing shoes or sandals and avoiding contact with contaminated soil, can also help to reduce the risk of infection. It is important to consult a healthcare professional for appropriate diagnosis and treatment of cutaneous larva migrans.

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