“Need help” begins our reader in her query to us about her husband, who has “something like hair worms that host his hairs and use his skin to reach out and feed off him.” In what sounds like a dire situation, our reader reaches out to us for any assistance that we can provide.
First off, our reader clarifies that what we are seeing in the photo is the result of her husband trying to remove the worms from what looks to be a wound, which we can only presume is the result of the hair worms. Secondly, it is imperative that we mention that we will not be able to identify the worms our reader’s husband is dealing with. This is because the relationship between the worms and her husband sounds parasitic if they really are feeding off him as our reader claims. If this is the case, then this situation is medical in nature, and as we are not medical professionals, then it is not within our rights, capabilities or qualifications to give out medical advice. All we can do is point our reader and her husband in the right direction.
Naturally, our reader’s husband may want to consult his doctor, and while this is usually the best and most rational option in any medical situation, it may not be his best bet in this situation. This is because most general practitioners do not receive training in parasitology; we have had multiple cases of our readers coming to us with parasites after they have been turned away by their doctor. For that reason, we tend to recommend infectious disease specialists instead. We recommend our reader’s husband do one or more of the following: 1) Search for a medical parasitologist in his area using this directory of medical parasitology consultants: https://www.astmh.org/for-astmh-members/clinical-consultants-directory. 2) Search for a local parasitologist by doing a Google search for “medical parasitologist (name of the closest big city)” or “tropical medicine specialist (name of the closest big city)”. 3) Get in touch with Dr. Omar Amin at the Parasitology Center at https://www.parasitetesting. 4) Contact Dr. Vipul Savaliya of Infectious Disease Care (“IDCare”) at idcarepa.com. All of these routes are valid ones, and the last option has been personally recommended by one of our readers, who had an excellent experience with Dr. Savaliya.
In conclusion, we wish we could help our reader’s husband more with his hair worms, but unfortunately it is beyond what we are capable of and what we are qualified to do. Giving an identification of a potentially parasitic worm (or any worm that seems to be directly impacting someone’s health) would be the same as giving a diagnosis, so that is why we are so cautious as to not give any sort of advice, as it may do more harm than good. Nonetheless, we hope that the sources we have listed above do come to good use and that her husband receives the help he needs soon!
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