Treatment of cutaneous myiasis with sulfur ointment

A case study

JAMA Dermatology reported a case of a man in his 30s with a 1-week history of non-healing painful lesions on his trunk. The symptons followed a 2-week trip In South Africa.  


What is furuncular myiasis


The case is of imported tumbu fly furuncular myiasis. Furuncular myiasis is an infrequent infestation of the skin caused by the larva of the tumbu fly (Cordylobia anthropophaga) in Africa and the botfly (Dermatobia hominis) in South and Central America.


The case was successfully treated by applying sulfur ointment, 10%, and extracting larvae with tweezers. Clear microstructure of the larvae captured under the anatomical lens showed several special features.


You can read the case report HERE.