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Worm in Toilet Bowl Could be Ascaris Worm or Earthworm

A reader discovered a long worm in his toilet. He thought it might be an Ascaris worm, which is a parasite. If it is not an Ascaris worm, we think it might be an earthworm. Continue reading [...]
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Lyme Disease Information

This post provides some information about Lyme Disease for a curious reader. Continue reading [...]

Tan “Worm” on Sidewalk is Not a Parasite

A reader reached out to us about a worm she thought might be a parasite. We believe it is probably a slug or a caterpillar. 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 [...]

Reader Discovers Horsehair Worm on Sidewalk

Recently, we received the photograph below from a reader who was wondering what sort of creature it might be.To us, this looks like a very long, very flexible worm. Almost like a piece of angel hair pasta. This leads us to believe that our reader has found a horsehair worm. While this is not one of the most common species we write about, it is an animal we have written about before.Horsehair worms (phylum Nematomorpha) are best known as parasites that infect arthropods such as beetles and crickets. However, it is actually the larvae that infect hosts, the adult worms are free-living.Perhaps the most interesting thing about the horsehair worm is how the adult gets out of its host. Once the horsehair worm reaches maturity, it attempts to manipulate its host (through ways that Continue reading [...]
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