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Dermatol Ther. 2009 Nov-Dec;22(6):538-49. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8019.2009.01275.x.

Imported tropical diseases.

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Section of Dermatology, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.


Imported tropical diseases are among the top three leading causes for morbidity and may affect up to 8% of returning travelers. Because the spectrum of dermatological manifestations seen in travelers is broad, it can be challenging for physicians to recognize and treat such conditions in a timely and efficient manner. Therefore, the present review highlights common imported tropical diseases with a focus on treatment regimens. Specifically, cutaneous larva migrans, myiasis, swimmer's itch, mycetoma, Chagas disease, and leishmaniasis are discussed. As awareness increases among travelers, immigrants, and health care providers regarding imported tropical diseases, early intervention and proper diagnosis can ensue, thus reducing morbidity and mortality in affected individuals.

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