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jiggers

jiggers

Chigoe fleas or
jiggers
are parasitic insects that can bury itself into your feet if you walk barefoot across infected ground, usually the marshy or muddy periphery of lakes and streams.

Breeding female jiggers burrow into exposed skin on the feet of mammals and remain there for two weeks while developing eggs, sometimes causing intense irritation. The skin lesion looks like a 5 to 10 mm blister with a central black dot, which are the flea's exposed hind legs, respiratory spiracles and reproductive organs. The jigger needs to be dug out by someone who knows what they are doing, since it has to be removed cleanly and entirely if complications are to be avoided.

All of us at ATR have managed to completely avoid jiggers, primarily by taking simple and suitable precautions, like wearing shoes on muddy terrain and avoiding deeper mud completely.
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