Treatment of larva migrans cutanea (creeping eruption): a comparison between albendazole and traditional therapy
Article first published online: 21 DEC 2001
International Journal of Dermatology
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 67–71, January 2001
How to Cite
Albanese, G., Venturi, C. and Galbiati, G. (2001), Treatment of larva migrans cutanea (creeping eruption): a comparison between albendazole and traditional therapy. International Journal of Dermatology, 40: 67–71. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-4362.2001.01103.x
- Issue published online: 21 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 21 DEC 2001
Background Creeping eruption (CE), which is characteristic of tropical and subtropical regions, is being increasingly frequently observed in Italy. The presence on the beaches of stray animals infected by nematodes of the Ancylostoma species favors contact between human skin and the larva-infested soil.
Materials and methods Our experience with 56 patients (13 cryotherapy, one thiabendazole together with cryotherapy, six thiabendazole, two albendazole with cryotherapy, and 34 albendazole) is described.
Results A prompt and definitive cure was achieved in all 56 patients. The therapeutic effectiveness of the various methods used is therefore equivalent.
Conclusions We believe that albendazole should be considered the first choice for treatment. It is extremely well tolerated and patient compliance is good.