Creeping eruption is a human infection with dog or cat
Cutaneous larvae migrans; Zoonotic hookworm; Ancylostoma caninum; Ancylostoma braziliensis; Bunostomum phlebotomum; Uncinaria stenocephala
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Hookworm eggs are found in the stool of infected dogs and cats. When the eggs hatch, the larvae infest any contaminated soil and vegetation.
When you come into contact with this infested soil, the larvae can burrow into your skin. They cause an intense
Creeping eruption is more common in countries with warm climates. In the United States, the southeast has the highest rates of infection. The main risk factor for this disease is contact with damp, sandy soil that has been contaminated with infected cat or dog feces. More children than adults are infected.
Blisters Itching, may be more severe at night
- Raised, snakelike tracks in the skin that may spread over time, usually about 1 cm per day (severe infections may cause several tracks) usually occur on the feet and legs
Signs and tests
Your health care provider can often diagnose this condition by looking at your skin. In rare cases, a
Anti-parasitic drugs such as thiabendazole, albendazole, or ivermectin may be used to treat the infection.
Creeping eruption often goes away by itself over weeks to months. Treatment helps the infection go away more quickly and is successful.
- Bacterial skin infections caused by scratching
- Spread of the infection through the bloodstream to the lungs or small intestine (rare)
Calling your health care provider
Make an appointment with your health care provider if you or your child have skin sores that are snakelike, itchy, or moving from one area to another.
Public sanitation and deworming of dogs and cats have decreased hookworm infestation in the United States.
Hookworm larvae often enter the body through bare feet, so wearing shoes in areas where hookworm infestations are known to occur helps prevent infection.