January/February 2010 ISBN-1059-6518  Volume 23 Number 1


Human Ectoparasites:

By Frank Hubbell, DO

Human ectoparasites are very common around the world and even here at home in the northern latitudes. These little pests are parasitic insects that live on the surface of or in our skin. They typically gain nourishment and cause irritation by either taking blood meals from us or by burrowing into our skin and taking up residence. They can be a vector for other diseases, but, it is their life-style habits that usually make them so bothersome. (Lee’s note: many of these articles make me very uncomfortable and really paranoid – they “make my skin crawl…”)

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