from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An inflammation of the skin of the feet which affects coolies who work in rice-fields in the East.
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These larvæ live in the soil; and, when it is wet and muddy, they get up between the toes of boys and girls who are going barefoot, burrow their way in through the skin, and produce a severe itching inflammation of the skin of the feet, known as "ground-itch," "toe-itch" or "dew-itch."
When this happens the parasite, in passing through the skin, produces the disease known as "ground-itch."
Then the feet get water-poisoned, or you take the toe or ground-itch, when the flesh cracks and cankers.
A strong decoction of this plant is highly esteemed as a stimulating wash, and is very useful in ulcerations of the feet, such as toe-itch, ground-itch, a complaint very common and troublesome among the blacks in some parts of the Southern States.
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