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You've probably dealt with ingrown hair before – you know, when you see a strand of hair after shaving Growing into your skin What you thought an ingrown hair was actually a larva that penetrated your skin? That happened to a woman in Florida who had a leg lesion for months before the doctors found out the cause. (Related: How bad is it?) After returning from her honeymoon in Belize, the 36-year-old noticed a small wound on the groin, according to a report in Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports Months later to the doctor and said she may have been bitten by a bug, but she was not sure.
"While she was in Belize she went on horseback. After riding she found a tick on her back." "She removed the tick at once and stated that she had not been with her for more than an hour." (Relatives: This woman found 1
Your doctor prescribed antibiotics, but the wound did not heal completely.
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Tue The woman then went to specialists at the Tampa General Hospital, where she told the doctors that the lesion in her groin was leaking clear fluid when squeezed. She said she had tried to remove what she considered to be anti-inflammatory hair, but failed. The doctors referred her to a dermatologist, but she was not satisfied and only then did the doctors find a "small, hard mass" under the skin and perform an operation to remove it.
"The foreign body was subsequently sent to pathology for identification and analysis," the report says. "The pathology identified the object as a human spot larva, and after the larva was removed, the lesion was completely eradicated by the patient's follow-up visit a week later." (See: 15 key facts you need to know about ticks)
The fly is native to the tropical regions of America, and it turns out that it is "quite common" for the larvae to dig under the skin. We have to say that the locals have learned to get them out, that's really innovative, but we're not sure we could stand it:
"The inhabitants of Belize suffocate the larvae by, for example, applying occlusive substances, strips of bacon, Nail polish or plant extracts over the central point, "says the report. "A few hours after the occlusion, the larvae emerge upside down to look for air, at which time tweezers can be used to physically extract or exert pressure around the cavity, which aids the elimination of the larvae." (See also: A woman went blind to a salon temporarily with nail glue attaching her eyelash extensions.)
The distinct appearance of larval wounds makes them easily recognizable to locals, but as we have seen in this case, they can be confusing to doctors not familiar with their appearance.
This story originally appeared on Health.com by Samantha Lauriello.