Bot Fly Anatomy
Anatomy of a bot fly
What is a bot fly?
The bot fly is one small little tick that can cause havoc with the body. The skin both animal and human is the best nesting ground for the horrible pest. The fly normally drops the larvae on the human skin and then the damage begins. Earlier, it was understood that bot flies used to just sit on the skin and let the larvae hook itself on the skin. But with people becoming cautious, the bot fly has been able to drop its larvae through various other hosts like the housefly and the mosquito.
Bot flies infestations are painful and can cause severe problems if not treated the correct way. A casual mosquito bite may result in some local swelling and itching. But it is very necessary that the area be inspected thoroughly since the fly larvae have the ability to drill holes in to the skin to latch on to the host. Those who know about this, have a deep seated fear of holes in the skin. The pulling out of the small fly larvae is painful and requires the supervision of a doctor. It is believed that there are some local ‘specialists’ in Belize who can do it with just one squeeze of the area and without any pain at all.
Trypophobia or the fear of holes in the skin is something that has actually been created by the bot fly menace. If you are planning a trip to Mexico, Costa Rica, The Panamas, Guatemala or Honduras, you need to be extra careful since a large number of these infestations are reported from these areas. It must also be remembered that a single larvae is not the end of the suffering. You may be successful in removing a single larvae from your skin, but these pests have the ability of rapid multiplication and growth and you may require complete medical investigations to be sure that there are no further larvae left in your skin.
Reports indicate that bot flies generally make their way through the skin of the head since it is convenient for them to lay their eggs through the thick growth of hair that slowly allows the eggs to seep through the scalp. The initial symptoms are irritation and uneasiness but this develops in painful swelling along the face and lower down the neck. The moment these symptoms come up, call for a doctor and let him know the places where you have been so that he can start rapid investigations.
A trypophobe will undoubtedly be the last person who would ever want to visit a place or country known for bot fly attacks. The person would prefer to rather skip the job in hand or change jobs which are much safer and is not a threat to the person’s life. Little instances of local itching and resultant swelling which has nothing to do with bot flies would be enough to alarm the trypophobe and he or she would spare no effort in ensuring that the place is cured immediately. The scar of a bot fly infection may heal soon after complete medication and prognosis but the painful mental agony remains for a long time.
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