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How do parasitic skin infections affect the body?

Parasitic skin infections cause small, itchy bumps, rashes, and blisters on the skin. Sometimes these irritations can be painful. In some instances, a secondary skin infection can develop if the infection is scratched too much and bacteria are introduced into the already sensitive and infected skin. Lice can cause skin discoloration if left untreated for a long time. Lice can also spread bacterial diseases, such as typhoid or fever.

Cutaneous, or skin-related, myiasis occurs when the eggs of certain species of flies makes contact with the skin. In these cases, the infestation may also affect the digestive system, the pharynx, and the urinary tract systems.

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