More Spots

Sorry I just do love sharing what is going on in my life.  This time it wasn’t any more internal nose spots but on my foot.  I noticed a lump and thought I must have trodden on something.  I then hoped it would go away.  That went on for about a week. Then I noticed that it was itchy at night time and GUESS WHAT I COULDN’T SLEEP.

It was actually getting sore to walk on and that there was yellow stuff around it. “Hmm pus,” I thought.  Hubs and tiny treasure were disgusted and told me to go to the doctor.  I eventually did.  It took 45 minutes in the treatment room with a doctor and a nurse (to hold my hand – not really, actually yes really) to remove a lovely mama mango fly and hundreds of her eggs.  She had buried into my foot and the yellow stuff wasn’t pus it was larvae.  Isn’t that gross?  Everything here has to be ironed because mango flies love laying their eggs in your underwear, t-shirts, anywhere really.  I have friends who have had them burrow into all sorts of bodily parts, like a knee cap, an armpit – ouch – and a thigh.  I think I got off quite lightly with it being in my foot.   The heat from the iron kills the larvae.  I’m not sure if I got it from my sock or if I trod on one in the garden.  I looked up mango flies and larvae but for some reason, there are no cartoon images of them.  The photos ARE really gross and I didn’t want to upset anyone when they are peri-menopausal as I know can all manage that quite well on your own with the help of your own darling hormones.

I am not sure if all of you know what mango flies are?   I am obviously dying to tell you.

“First, the mango worm goes by many names. It is technically a fly larva and it also goes by the names mango fly, putzi fly and tumbu fly depending on where you are. It is found throughout tropical areas of sub-Saharan Africa, but is more common in certain regions (Central Africa, for example).

The worm works like this:

Adult female worm lays a few hundred eggs into the soil OR onto some damp clothing that is hanging out to dry.

The larvae penetrate the skin of the host and take up residence in the subcutaneous tissue, a layer of skin that has fat and connective tissue filled with blood vessels and nerves.

Then they grow and fatten up.

After 8-12 days, a boil will have formed.

It will itch and then get increasingly painful before it… actually opens up so the worms can come out to play.

The worm then falls to the ground where it buries itself in order to go into its final stage of growth before turning into a fly.”

Got that?



1 thought on “More Spots

  1. So now we know – thanks for the vivid descriptions darling. And whilst you’d warned us during our visit last year, I have to admit, I was still somewhat dubious about your ‘obsessiveness’ of ironing absolutely everything. I’ll never scorn such obsession again – EVER!

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