How are sandworms recognised and treated?

Sandworms are the larvae of the dog or cat hookworm which burrow under the skin, especially over the feet, buttocks and genitalia. Infestation usually occurs when the child stands or sits in sand contaminated with dog or cat faeces. The pink, raised, red S-shaped burrows of the larvae can be seen and are very itchy. Treat with oral albendazole 1 tablet daily for 3 days.

Thiabendazole 10% in petroleum jelly (Vaseline) can also be applied locally, but is difficult to obtain. Ethyl chloride spray can also be applied to the affected area but it is very painful.

3 thoughts on “How are sandworms recognised and treated?

  1. I recently found out that my grand daughter has the sand worm under her foot and it is itchy, got some medication 4 days ago but the worm is still alive. what does it eat, when will the medication start working.

  2. Good afternoon,
    my daughter has the same symptoms. Can you give me feedback what helped at the end? I have put on tea tree oil? My friend told me her mother used to squeeze them out but it is very painful.
    Any help would be appreciated!

  3. My son is 17years seems if he got the sandworm on his arms and left hand.what can I use or must I took him to the doctor?

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