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Schistosoma or blood fluke. Photo by David Williams (via Wikimedia Commons)

Some Black Worms Can Live in the Human Body

Today, we answer an inquiry from a gentleman asking if black worms live in the human body. The answer depends on what he is referring to with the words “black worm.” 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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Will Tiny Worms In Terrarium Kill Plants?

Our reader has begun an eternity terrarium (pictured), and after three days has started seeing white, threadlike worms in the soil. The soil looks like yard or garden soil, which widens the search, but we think the soil introduced nematodes or nematomorpha-- young horsehair worms. Alongside nematodes, garden soil plays host to a near-limitless number of invertebrates and micro-organisms including bacteria, fungi, protozoans and algal forms. Each can contribute fundamentally to the recycling of organic matter into topsoil with the vital nutrients that plants need to grow. It’s estimated that as many as a billion of these micro-organisms reside in a single gram of soil. Eggs and tiny larvae can hitch-hike in with these microorganisms, on unwashed rocks and shells, or any other backyard Continue reading [...]
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Worm Found on Skin and in Bathroom

one of our reader's found a worm trying to burrow into her daughter's knee, and several of the worms in her bathroom. We aren't sure which type of worm our reader discovered, but we encourage her to investigate the bathroom for potential food sources, and to take her daughter to the doctor's office Continue reading [...]

Fearful Mom Wants to Identify Worm or Parasite

One of our readers, a mother of four with many pets, sent us a series of photographs of specimens found in her sink. She is concerned with keeping her family healthy and wonders if any of the photos resemble any parasite we have identified in our research.  To address her concern and complaint of multiple sores on her body, we certainly recommend that this reader seek medical advice, and take a list of her household pets with these photos when she does.We cannot make diagnoses or provide advice of a medical nature. However, we do observe hairlike lines across at least two of the images she sent which may indeed be hairs. With animals present in the house, we might suggest that if the objects she photographed came from the nasal (nose) or tracheal (windpipe/throat) of herself or a family 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 [...]