Skin Parasites

A variety of invertebrates bite or feed on or in the human skin, including flies, fleas, bedbugs, lice, mites and ticks.With a few exceptions, including larvae of a few flies, scabies mites and hard ticks, all these parasites bite, feed quickly, and leave. All of these skin parasites leave tell tale signs, including itchy, round, red papules (swellings). The majority of the bites last about two weeks if left alone. If scratched (something that is hard to resist) the itchiness and swellings could last up to two months. In addition, human fingernails are loaded with bacteria and scratching often leads to infections.

A number of different kinds of flies feed on blood, including mosquitoes (family Culicidae), black flies (family Simuliidae), no-see-ums or biting gnats (family Ceratopogonidae), sand flies (family Psychodidae), snipe flies (family Rhagionidae), horse and deer flies (family Tabanidae) and stable flies (family Muscidae). Biting flies all have free-living larvae that feed on decaying plant matter or microorganisms. None of these insects live in the skin. Their feeding bites can cause round, itchy, raised papules or welts.

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