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Can parasitic skin infections be prevented?

Parasitic skin infections can be prevented. When the parasites are lice or mites, it is important to not touch or share bedding, clothes, or other items with a person who may have lice or scabies, a condition caused by mites. In the case of swimmer's itch, avoid swimming in marshy areas, but if you do, be sure to rigorously dry off with a clean towel as soon as you come out of the water.

Parasitic skin infections caused by hookworm can be prevented by avoiding contact with dog and cat feces or contaminated soil. Myiasis, which is caused by flies, can be prevented by keeping wounds covered, making sure to keep your living space clean and sanitary, and avoiding traveling to countries in South and Central America.

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