Cutaneous larva migrans

Am Fam Physician. 1987 Jun;35(6):163-8.


Cutaneous larva migrans, or creeping eruption, is an infection caused by certain nematode larvae and, occasionally, fly maggots. After penetrating human skin, the larvae remain in the epidermis and wander aimlessly. The burrows may be intensely pruritic. Systemic reactions may include profound eosinophilia. Oral or topical thiabendazole is effective therapy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Eosinophilia / immunology
  • Host-Parasite Interactions
  • Humans
  • Larva Migrans* / etiology
  • Larva Migrans* / immunology
  • Larva Migrans* / parasitology
  • Larva Migrans* / pathology
  • Larva Migrans* / therapy
  • Male
  • Skin / pathology