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Red Creature Staining Carpet is a Bloody Mystery

A woman in the United Kingdom has written to us with a rather odd query. She has found something that may be a larva in her flat (apartment). The little critter is about 1/2" (~13mm) long and seems to be leaking red liquid. In fact, it has stained our reader’s carpet. She would like us to tell her what it might be. She has attached the following picture: It is difficult to tell from the photograph what sort of critter this might be. However, there are very few worms or larva that ooze any kind of blood or other red liquid. Our blood is red because it contains hemoglobin. According to the UCSB ScienceLine website: Hemoglobin is a protein that forms a complex with iron molecules and together they transport oxygen molecules throughout the body. Iron has the property of reflecting red Continue reading [...]

Yes, There are Worms that Can Live in the Human Stomach

We received a question from a curious woman who is wondering if there are worms that can live in our stomachs. We are sorry to tell her that there are, indeed, worms that can live in our stomachs. As always, we would like to remind our readers that we at All About Worms are not doctors. We never attempt to diagnose or treat any illness or parasitic infection. Anyone concerned about their health should visit a doctor. It seems that our stomach's acidic atmosphere would prevent worms from living there. However, nature is resourceful. If there is a place where food is available, it is likely that some sort of creature has evolved to live there. What better location than a stomach, where the food comes to you? For example, there is the Anisakis worm. These are nematodes (round worms) which Continue reading [...]

Mother and Daughter May Have Symptoms of Morgellons Disease

We received a rather heart-breakingly desperate letter from a mother who is worried about herself and her 2-year-old daughter. They live in Walker County, AL and she is convinced that they are both infested by worms or another parasite. The symptoms she lists include: Continue reading [...]

Are Sinus Problems Parasite-Related?

One of our readers believes she might be coughing up a parasite that is infecting her sinuses. Since we aren't medical professionals, there is not much we can do to help our reader out in this scary situation. Rather, we think she should see a doctor immediately. Continue reading [...]
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Worm Found in the Toilet Bowl is Probably a Millipede

One of our readers has shared a photo of a dark-colored cylindrical worm with antennae she found in the bathroom. Her concern is largely whether this is an intestinal parasite or could have been in the toilet bowl before it was used by a person. With its cylindrical body shape and antennae, we think it's not a worm, but an arthropod, alarmingly named the snake millipede and harmless to humans, and was most likely in the bowl before she noticed it. The black (or white legged) snake millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and blunt-tailed snake millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus) are among those most common to the UK and parts of Europe. The blunt-tailed snake millipede grows up to 25 millimeters, is typically pale brown with a striped appearance, and often has darker spots along its sides. Continue reading [...]

Several Types of “Worms” Inhabit RV

One of our readers reached out to us to voice her concerns about finding various worms in her RV. Just when she thinks she has found and disposed of the final one, another one pops up. The situation is causing her a lot of anxiety. Continue reading [...]
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