Cutaneous Filariasis

Aleyris Martinez

Common and Scientific Name

Skin worms is the common name for this roundworms. The scientific name is cutaneous filariasis.


  • It is travels through an infected fly that carries the larvae. It lands on human skin which then the fly bites the human and inserts the worm into the bite wound.
  • The fly ingests microfilariae (baby larvae) during a blood meal. After ingestion, the microfilariae migrate to the thoracic muscles of the arthropod, where they develop into third-stage infective larvae.
  • At first it gets into the blood then it works its way to the lungs.


  • Fever
  • Rash/ swollen skin
  • Itching
  • weight loss
  • muscle pain


  • Antiparasitic drugs
  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines- to reduce the itch
  • Corticosteroids- to immune the response to the worm
  • Analgesics- for pain relief


There many types of skin worms and all of them are found in all parts of Africa.


  • Repellent sprays and other applications may be effective but it's important to use the right type against these insects that carry the infection.
  • Nets over the bed and insect screens on the doors and windows may also help.


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