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Tungiasis is a parasitic skin disease caused by the female sand flea Tunga penetrans. The disease is characterized by acute (multiple white gray or yellowish papular or nodular lesions with brown-black-colored opening at the center and peripheral erythema) and chronic inflammation in the feet with itchy/ painful lesions. Bacterial superinfection is common and result in debilitating clinical pathology (deep ulcers gangrene lymphangitis and septicemia) leading to impaired physical fitness and mobility. Tungiasis also involves hyperkeratosis fissuration nail hypertrophy and loss of nails.

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