Potential Parasites in Cheek, Eyes, and Hair

A reader recently sent us a few photographs and asked, “Do you know what type of worm-like parasites these are?” The pictures show her cheek, her eye, and her hair. We aren’t able to clearly see a worm-like organism in any of the photos, but that could just be due to the lighting of the photograph and the appearance of the worm-like organisms. The first photograph shows our reader’s cheek, which she explained broke out in an infection, then scabbed up and began to peel:

The next photograph is of our reader’s eye. She made a note that her vision deteriorated and that the parasites are visible in both of her eyes:

Finally, the last picture shows our reader’s hair. We do see some blue and red patches that don’t look like skin or hair, but we aren’t sure if these are related to the parasites or just effects of the lighting.

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer much to our reader. Since we can’t clearly see the organisms in the photographs, we can’t even guess what kind of worm-like parasites she might be suffering from. Also, since we aren’t medical professionals, we aren’t licensed to give medical advice of any kind and therefore don’t feel comfortable speculating on a diagnosis for our reader. We encourage her to visit a doctor as soon as possible. It might be helpful for her to see an infectious disease specialist rather than a general physician. To find a specialist, she can do an Internet search for “travel infectious disease doctor [her location or nearest big city]” or contact her insurance company to hear about other options. We hope our reader is able to find answers and return to good health!

In summary, a reader reached out to us because of a worm-like parasite she is suffering from. Since we are not licensed to administer medical advice, we encourage our reader to see a doctor for answers.

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Potential Parasites in Cheek, Eyes, and Hair
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Potential Parasites in Cheek, Eyes, and Hair
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A reader reached out to us because of a worm-like parasite she is suffering from. Since we are not licensed to administer medical advice, we encourage our reader to see a doctor for answers.
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