• High rate of school dropout and poor performance

• Unable to exercise democratic rights, e.g. Voting

• Inability to walk easily due to pain in the affected areas

• Inability to carry out normal day to day activities like working or playing

• Creates more poverty

• Low self esteem resulting from the stigmatisation

• Infections such as HIV/Aids are passed from person to person due to sharing of pins and needles while removing jiggers.

• Disability as people with severe infestation are unable to walk or use their hands

• Death


Treatment
• Wash affected areas with clean water and soap

• Dry the cleaned areas.

• Soak affected area in a potassium permanganate or disinfectant for 15 minutes.

• Apply petroleum jelly or other oil to soften the skin.

• Repeat the above procedure three times a day for two weeks.