One disgustingly claimed “If something like this ever happened to me, I’d burn myself alive!”
The human botfly is a small, hairy fly found in Central and South America. Unique among skin parasites, the botfly itself doesn’t actually burrow under the skin. Instead, it lays its eggs on mosquitoes, ticks or other flies. When a person is bitten by one of these insects, the eggs are triggered to hatch into maggots by a human’s body heat.
7 Botfly maggots being removed from the arms of a young woman who sustained multiple bites whilst undertaking ecological work in central south America.
A young woman who sustained multiple bites whilst undertaking ecological work in central south America.
It’s really disgusting watching the process
This is the thing that dig a hole inside her flesh
The human botfly occasionally uses humans to host its larvae. The larva, because of its spines, can pose an extremely painful subepidermal condition. The fastest way to remove a botfly is by putting a generous amount of iodine in the hole. The botfly will react instantly by poking out of the hole.
She was planning to go to the doctor to have it removed, but she couldn’t stand feeling it and hearing it crawl around under her skin, so she asked her boyfriend (or husband?) to remove it.
She was suffering from several bites, therefore there are a lot of maggot in her arm.
Botfly maggots burrow just under the skin and leave a hole through which to breathe while they feed off blood and tissue. The burrows look like large white boils, which swell under the skin and cause intense pain. Maggots also secrete a sort of antibiotic to ward off infection while they feed. As the maggot grows, it swells under the skin and causes intense pain. Victims may also feel it biting and wriggling around as it feeds. If not removed or otherwise disturbed, the maggot will drop out of its hole after six to eight weeks so it can pupate.