Cutaneous larva migrans

This is a rash caused usually by animal hookworms. The rash can be very itchy and often takes the form of a red serpiginous (snakelike) line which grows slowly.

It most commonly occurs on the feet, legs, hands and buttocks.

The larvae are picked up from sand or soil and are most commonly found in tropical and subtropical areas.

Apart from causing a rash, the parasite doesn’t usually cause any other problems in humans.

You will need to see your medical advisor for treatment.

Further information

This article published on
01 July 2005

Next review date 7/1/2013


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