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Thin Orange Worm on Toilet Paper

We heard from a reader (via our Facebook page) who found something interesting on his toilet paper roll. The accompanying photo features a very thin orange thing that might be a worm. It has rough edges, and the head and tail end both look very similar. Continue reading [...]

Dad Believes he has Pinworms

a concerned reader contacted us about pinworms. We are apologetic that he is in distress, but we cannot provide insight on this situation. Continue reading [...]

Worms that Cause Pimples on Head

We recently heard from a reader about her son. We are pretty sure we have been contacted by this reader before, and perhaps even answered a similar question, but we are happy to clarify. She explained that her son had some itchy pimples on his scalp. Thinking they were boils, she squeezed them. A month later she treated him for worm and the pimples disappeared. She wonders what kind of worm this was. Continue reading [...]

Small Red Worms in the Shower

A reader wrote to us recently about worms he found in his shower. The worms are really thin and are of a reddish hue, and they are about two inches long, more or less. With these characteristics taken together, the reader reports that these worms look like particularly small and thin earthworms, just like the ones you see outside after it rains. What are these worms? Continue reading [...]

What Pinworms (Pin Worms) Look Like

Recently, a reader wrote to us with one of the simplest questions we've ever received: what do pinworms (sometimes spelled "pin worms" - incorrectly) look like? To call this question simple is not to call it bad or insignificant - it's important to know what pinworms look like if you suspect that you (or your child) have pinworms (they only afflict people), and in any case, we rather enjoy an easy question. Since the reader was exclusively interested in the appearance of pinworms, we'll limit our remarks to this topic. If you would like to know more about these bothersome creatures in general, we encourage you to check out one of our previous articles about pinworms. Continue reading [...]

Are Worm Cocoons Dangerous to Eat?

Some worms are actually beneficial to the body, although they are not necessary for survival. Worms are packed with protein, they are a source of nourishment and food for many animals, and they may provide a fair amount of entertainment as documented in the popular book How to Eat Fried Worms. Continue reading [...]
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