Hairlike Worm that Stings and Creates ‘Slots of Dust’

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“Does this look like the unknown fibers/worms everyone is dealing with that sting, create slots of dust, and move through fabrics?” asks Teddy in his submission regarding the thin, translucent object pictured below. “Or are these dead pinworms?” To start with, we have to say that we are aware of the “unknown fibers” or worms that “everyone” seems to be finding, and after having a quick look on the web, we are not encountering stories about worms like the one Teddy found. That said, we have gotten submissions in the past about worms that resemble this one, and in every case we have maintained that we do not know what it could possibly be. On top of that, just like in Teddy’s case, a lot of our readers who have asked about worms resembling this one have quoted concerns about parasites, which is the main reason we have not identified the organisms that look like this.

The parasites Teddy mentions are pinworms: a common type of intestinal parasite. We are not able to identify parasites. The reason for this is partly because we are simply not qualified to do so, but mainly because we are not legally able to. Only a medical professional is legally allowed to identify parasites, because parasites always pose a medical concern, and so identifying them is the same as diagnosing a medical condition. Even if it were legally okay for us to identify a potential parasite, we would not feel reluctant to do so on a moral basis. When people who are not medical professionals take situations like these into their own hands, one can do a whole lot more harm than good. Now, Teddy does not straight up say he thinks these are parasites, he merely asks if they could either be parasites (specifically dead pinworms), or if they are the “unknown fibers/worms”.

For the reasons we just stated, we cannot confirm if these are dead pinworms or not. But for more obvious reasons, we also will not be able to confirm if these are “unknown fibers” or “worms”, because, as Teddy states, they are unknown. We would not know what to look for, and as we said previously, we could not find research or content relating to this supposed phenomenon. It would have been interesting to hear from Teddy if the ‘worms’ moved on their own or not. If they do, then it is possible that they are worms, or some type of organism. If they do not, then it more likely that they are simply some type of fiber: maybe fur, hair, or lint from some clothing. If Teddy is genuinely concerned about the discovery of these, we urge him to either take this fiber to his local county extension office, or to consult a medical parasitologist. To find a medical parasitologist or other health care provider who can actually help, Teddy can do one or more of the following:

– Visit our parasite care resources page here: https://www.allaboutworms.com/get-medical-attention-and-tests-for-parasites

– 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.

– 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)”.

In conclusion, we are not able to identify the worm Teddy is asking us about. Based on the photo alone, it just looks like a string of white hair or lint, and the context does not give us many clues either, as Teddy makes specific mention of the worm’s “unknown” identity. On top of that, his concerns about parasites leave us weary to suggest anything concrete. We hope nonetheless that the advice we provide proves helpful, and we wish Teddy the very best.

 

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Hairlike Worm that Stings and Creates 'Slots of Dust'
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Hairlike Worm that Stings and Creates 'Slots of Dust'
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"Does this look like the unknown fibers/worms everyone is dealing with that sting, create slots of dust, and move through fabrics?" asks Teddy in his submission regarding the thin, translucent object pictured below. "Or are these dead pinworms?" To start with, we have to say that we are aware of the "unknown fibers" or worms that "everyone" seems to be finding, and after having a quick look on the web, we are not encountering stories about worms like the one Teddy found. That said, we have gotten submissions in the past about worms that resemble this one, and in every case we have maintained that we do not know what it could possibly be. On top of that, just like in Teddy's case, a lot of our readers who have asked about worms resembling this one have quoted concerns about parasites, which is the main reason we have not identified the organisms that look like this.
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32 thoughts on “Hairlike Worm that Stings and Creates ‘Slots of Dust’

  1. I have the same story as all of you. I’m suffering for more than 10 years. The same story about being mocked by doctors…
    I lost my hair and teeth, eyebrows, eyelashes, I got on a lot of weight. Who do I see in the mirror?
    I wonder of those fibers, hairs and other things can be related to micro-moths?(caddis moths ?) together with a kind of Nigrospora fungus? I hope it’s not a Candida Auris fungus. These kind of moths were found in the dust in my home. According to a biologist, “it seems to be small moths which can not be distinguished from dust by the naked eye”
    The biologist had to use a very strong microscope. (electron microscope?) unfortunately I can’t reach him anymore.
    These organisms eat and destroy also silicones, paint, plaster, wood, plastics…in my home.
    Where does it come from? Do people suffering live in the area of testing fields for crops protection or waste processing ? Is this an experiment that went wrong?
    Now I’m trying to clean with ozone water, this is much stronger than bleach and can break trough the biofilm. For my self, dogs and cat I recently started to take a high quality turmeric, curcumin and neem powder.
    I wash my skin (and pets) with ozone water, turmeric- and neem soap and then I apply ‘Turmeric oil Botanic ‘ (all bought in the Netherlands) on my skin.
    It seems, I hope desperately that this treatment is giving an improvement.
    Although, I’m very worried I won’t get completed rid of these monsters. They are too small and too many.
    Trying to live…and crying for help!

  2. I’m going through the exact same thing with myself and my 2 children ages 4 and 12. My 4 year olds head gets so itchy I feel so bad but my 12 year old doesn’t seem too bothered by it. Now me on the other hand, it’s making me crazy !! So I’ve been going through this now for about 6 months maybe even a year. I live in Boston mass. At first I blamed My aunt who is a drug addict and lived in my hallway because whenever she came close to me I felt like things were jumping on my face up my nose and in ears. Then my uncle and cousin moved in with me in December which was thrown at me last minute was only supposed to be 3 weeks but for my cousin lasted a few months and my uncle is still here.My cousin also had 2 dogs ,a pit bull and a king corso. He did not take care of his dogs at all I felt terrible. I also have a pit bull so I’d have to give his dogs my dog food and my uncle took them out to get exercise. They were both girls he let them get their period on a pillow and never cleaned it.I legit couldn’t leave my bedroom because it smelled so bad it made me sick to my stomache and gave me a headache. So now I was thinking whatever this is was from his dogs. My uncle is also always checking out their poop which is weird and gross to me but since they were not taken care of properly he just wanted to make sure nothing else was wrong. He also don’t take care of himself properly and stayed in the room where the dogs were since we had to keep my dog and his 2 separated because his dogs were not very nice and I have a cat as well but my uncle stayed in that nasty smelling bacteria prone room with the dogs no problem and slept all day (yes unfortunately this is the crap I am dealing with)right before my cousin and uncle and dogs moved in my cat caught a mouse and I found it on my sons bed in the morning. My son slept on couch that night so not sure how long it was there and my cat was throwing it around toying with it as I freaked out. Right after that my son started getting bites even though I washed all his bedding immediately after. There are too many factors to tell what it’s from . I don’t know if anyone else noticed on the moving strand of hair if you take ur phone video camera u can see tiny white worms going up and down the hair strands. Sometimes I feel like you can see the hair changing color as it moves . I find tiny little black hairs everywhere at first I felt them coming out of my fingers like hair splinters. I notice black dots everywhere I’m itchy too as well as white dots at times and the white c shaped worms in my hair and nose when I blow it. I feel them go in my ears too . They eat my hair. I’m so self conscious. I felt my hair was the only good thing left about me as I had long red hair but always had a big forehead if 5 head I should say but now I’m going bald my hair is thinnning falling out breaking . I see black hairs growing and I’ve never had a black hair a day in my life and other hairs are white. I thought I heard something about smoke mites so I’m going to look that up now . I’m afraid to go to the Dr. because I had bird mites years ago when I lived in a shelter and thankfully got rid of them so now I’m afraid my Dr is going to think I just gave a phobia. I’ve lost so much weight and keep missing appointments so I’m afraid she’s going to say I’m delusional or something like that. I feel so bad for those of you who have been going through this for years. I’m some comments I see it says certain things take it out of your body and you can see it . Can one of you please email me with those details because I think if I see something come out of my body I will pass out but want to get rid of these at the same time . Please email me at a.********@gm***.com or preferably text me at I know I shouldn’t put my number in places like this but I’m desperate so text me only at 8573122179 . Thank you for all of you on here because I was starting to believe I was crazy!! Please someone get in touch so I can explain better with more detail as to what I’ve been experiencing. What do you all think about mold spurs?could it have something to do with that ?
    Crystal I feel like they try to protect one another also and I feel like my hair has even like attacked me as crazy as it sounds like tried stabbing it biting me when I try to grab another strand or if I’ve been holding it too long. You can even gently pull on a strand and it stretches and becomes longer. I see in the microscope video another commenter took it looks like you can see black things moving inside the hair strand it’s so weird . I am also a smoker as well my daughter is not in daycare at the time and is a handful especially since family has been here. I have coin operated washer machine and dryer in basement that’s shared with others in building and it’s so hard to get quarters all the time. I don’t drive and now I feel itchy more when my upstairs neighbor comes around me. I have not left my house because of this. My uncle one on one says he see’s them and agrees with me but in front of family he acts like I’m crazy . I don’t sleep ,or eat,and I’m on medication for ADHDso of course that’s what everyone blames it on. I have videos and pictures. Also just recently I noticed mold growing around my back door that seems like my landlord had painted over in the past . My uncle just told me it was around the door of the room he sleeps in as well which is right next yo back door but he wiped it off. He’s not the brightest bulb so now I’m wondering how he wiped it,with what,and where did he put whatever he used to wipe it with after he was done.

  3. Hello Everyone, thanks for confirming my living nightmare won’t end anytime soon. Nobody will help us so I guess its time to activate, to educate and to resort to tactics we may not be familiar with..
    These fibrous monsters have cost me my marriage of 20 years, my sanity, my health, my confidence, and my relationship with my only son. Its going on year six of daily sadness and frustration and I’m no closer to a cure than any of you. Everything mentioned above has been proven to help. However, these creatures are the most resilient bastards I’ve ever heard of. You can never get more than 50% better, with the majority of the time being spent in the 75 to 95 percent infested range. They directly affect your mental state which indirectly affects every single aspect of your life. YOU ARE NOT CRAZY and do not let anyone tell you different.
    The one remedy that may have been mentioned, but I just didn’t see it, is using probiotics. Yes, these things are inside you please don’t panic. Panic and stressing lower our immunity, which helps these jerks to thrive. The probiotics help flush these things out of your system, not entirely but it does help you feel better. Using glue, gellys’ anything sticky will help reduce their numbers as well. They seem to stick to sticky even though they themselves are sticky. High heat, and extreme cold help. Chorline, bleach, peroxide, cinnamon also help. Eating spicy foods helps. And tea tree has been the most beneficial remedy for me, but be careful as tea tree will also disolve your skin if used too much and with a heavy hand. Throwing things out is a good idea but the majority can not afford to do so, so try and isolate as best as possible. Do touch your Dr and Dermatologist and its also nice to leave them items that may or may not be infected. Just kidding.
    But not really as I’ve went to three different dermatologists around NY state and I’ve seen a countless number of medical providers who offer nothing more than whats in this forum, besides furthering our already bloated negative self-opinion. And I hate to burst another bubble, but the medical society isn’t going to catch on or jump on because these things are dollar signs to them. The more people get it, and the more severe the infestations are, the more associated problems it will bring. Its really awful to accept this, but the faster you do, the faster you may be the one to find the cure.
    I really thought I was alone until I saw you all here. Always remember, we’re in this together, and I’ll happily do everything and anything it takes to cure us.
    Now my efforts are to ask for all of your help. Lets do this. The first thing that I can recall before the storm about 6 yrs ago, was having a nagging pain in my left foot as if there were a tiny piece of glass stuck in it like a sliver. I recently had a house fire remedied living in upstate NY, heterosexual sex with ex-wife who had herpes, and I am a smoker still. After that I noticed green swarms of something under my skin moving towards open cuts or bruises. (Wacky I know) Then my wife and I noticed the fibers as I was way more infested and affected than she was, and my teenage son wasn’t really affected at all.

    WHAT WERE EVERYONES FIRST ENCOUNTERS, REALIZATIONS AND MEMORIES ? SUCH AS THE FIVE W’S-who, what, where and when. WHY-could be your particular and/or specific living situation or lifestyle. As much detail as you feel comfortable with, but the more the better. Bless you all. Anthony T.

    1. By the way I thought that was hilarious about touching your Dr. and leaving an infected item in their office but I thought the exact same. If they feel what we feel maybe they’ll do something

  4. I’ve been dealing with this exact same thing since November 0f 2023 and it has nearly cost me my marriage, my job, home, and even my freedom. My wife thinks I’m absolutely crazy and insane and my Dr won’t give me any tests or stool sample. My 5yr old son is have the same issues and his pediatrician said the lab results on his stool same came back positive for cryptopastosid but neither of us have any of the symptoms of that. I’m at my wits end and my mental health is deteriorating rapidly bc of these things. Someone PLEASE HELP!!

    1. Sandra buy yourself activated charcoal powder, used it all over your body and hair rub it in, inthe bath and see what is going to come from the skin

  5. If anybody has a video or a picture that they could post. I think that is becoming a well known issue in the united states that nobody wanted

  6. I’m having the same problem I have all this new hair all over my body that won’t shave off the hair on my head moves on its own and is broken off I only have about an inch left of hair when it was down to my butt last year I have bites all over me I’m constantly itchy I’m scared to go to the doctor people just think I’m crazy or high or just stupid I have a video of one of these hairs moving in my arm like crazy I don’t know how I can post it on here but I will

  7. Oh my goddd ? I am dealing with this “parasitic lint” as I am calling it. It’s a fiber that collects lint… hair.. dust.. and have little “runners” that extend out reaching for things fibrous. I know how it sounds… and I even laughed through my tears of frustration telling my husband I’m afraid of lint now ?

    Going insane lint rolling literally everything. I cannot find during research what they even are ? saving specimens. I feel so defeated… and it’s getting in all my clothes. Plzzz if anyone has an answer… post it!

  8. This Is insane!! My Husband and I went thru this a few years back and out of the blue it stopped when we moved 4 years ago! But UNFORTUNATELY! Here we go again this time my hair is moving!! We litteraly moved and left everything!!! We are in a brand new place with nothing but a few garments and a blowup bed. As soon as we walk in the door no matter wht we went out for we strip at the door to bothing and throw our clothes in the washer! And jump in the shower. Its driving us MAD! We’ve taken albendazole 2 times!! And it seems to start helping on the day your dosage ends but idk I just want it to go away! The only thing ive found that it little brings them out of my body is hydrogen peroxide. But then i have to remove them quickly with bleach. I have tried dawn the antibacterial it semi works as well as hibiclens that helped me alot at first! Also apple cider vinegar put it in a spray bottle spray it in your hair!! 15-20 mins before you jump in the shower that really helped me.
    At this point
    My husband and i literally clean the apartment ceiling to floor at least 6 times a day dusting sweeping lint rolling and moping with bleach( yes i mop my ceilings too)our bedding gets washed everysingle day!! it seems to be working bc we see less and less everyday but its just something keeping it at bay! We also found pool chlorine works too i use it to clean or in the washer just a tiny bit ( grab a bottle cap and barley fill it if you fill it its too much) bc too much will bleach your stuff We have been showering in pet shampoo thats anti fungal antimicrobial and antibacterial and it has at least brought my hair back to being soft and brushable. I do see the worms/ugly hairs coming out of my hair..But im happy I found this at least WE know we are not crazy! It’s embarrassing when ppl come over or my family wants to see us we just stay a bit and leave because we are so afraid contaminate anyone! Like has anyone found a cure yet!! What are they! We are literally living a horror movie!

    1. This is blowing my mind. Ive fone every single thing that you have , except mop my ceilings! It seems to be a multitude of organisms . Ive cleaned my hairbrush out many times, and watched these things travel up and down on strands of my hair. Clothing is another matter all together. Most times when I put on a shirt, I instantly start to itch where the seams fall on my skin. If I cut the seam out to inspect, I can see tiny ,white worm things coming out of it. These absolutely have to be parasites of some sort. I havent noticed them inside my body ,other than blowing them out of my nose. They seem to live in the mucas. Ive burned everything I own more than once. They are quite flammable and give off a terrible odor when burning. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Feel free to email me. sh****************@gm***.com

    2. This is what I wish to do but it’s sooo hard with my daughter and son who are slobs . My daughter who is 4 and she is into everything and is like a human tornado messing every room in my house up in seconds. Not to mention everything else I am dealing with on top of these worm mite things.

  9. I hate for this to sound the way it’s going to sound but thank God all of you are going through the same thing I am because just like all of you I have almost checked myself into an asylum over this. I have pictures videos all kinds of different things and nobody’s ever been able to help thought about it being more gallons I’ve literally exhausted every Google search or any other search engine for that fact and everything goes back to parapsychology or some kind of mental issue when it’s not but you begin to think it is. They come out of my fingernails my cuticles the palms of my hands in between my fingers my feet my legs every part of my entire body my hair brush is covered every time I brush my hair looks like lint wrapped around each of the bristles I mean private areas any and everywhere you can think of my eyeballs they come out of there inside of my nose. If anybody can help or has learned anything new please let me know. And thank you in advance and God bless every single one of you.

  10. I’ve suffered for years. I am either suffering from a coexisting bugger or they maybe a form of pinworm or trichomoniasis because lately they seem to come from my nether regions more than anywhere else. They affect me and my youngest more then my eldest and bf. In my house they are called squirms and they leave “SQu”exit wounds and they even come out as squggers(squirm) buggers. They are in my hair. Little squairs(squirm hairs) and they leave little painful bumps on my scalps. They give me squashes( squirm rashes ) . You see it’s all squelated , in relation to squirms. On a serious note ‘ they have gotten bigger and more plentiful over time . I am afraid at any time one of my kids will drop into a seizure like a tape worm cysts that’s crossed your blood brain barrier can cause you to do. It has been such a burden on us . My family treats me like I’m crazy yet eaxh will tell me one on one they think I’m right because I’ve seen them experience them too. I get a lot of constipation . Alot of inflammation. They come out of my eyes. Nose pores . Cuticles. Wanna see some crazy pics ? Email me bu********@gm***.com
    Text me only 9187275237

    1. I have exactly the same thing. It gets bigger and bolder with time, which is what my stupid Dermatologist enabled it to do by not believing, therefore nothing done about it. Now running my hands thru my hair results in thousands of little white things (totally impossible to identify) and mock hairs falling out. This is so unfair! I try and try to get a good picture of this crap, and they all look similar, yet different. They MUST have claws to hang on. If I am wearing a slippery fabric, however, there are hardly any. I just cannot believe, after 6 years of this bitch, that the medical community has not come on board. I’m sure they will when it affects their family!

  11. This is exactly what I am dealing with. Yes they do move on there own. I have tons of videos. I was questioning my own sanity. They most definitely move on almost every surface. The thing is they are easier to see the movement when it is on some kind of fabric. There are different filters you can put on your phone using the magnifier app that is built into every iPhone. The blue on white and the inverted gray scale seem to be the best ones that can show you the shape and movement of these things on almost every surface. More then likely if this is something that you are dealing with use that app with the filter on at first and look on your blankets, carpets, cabinets…anything and you will see these things changing the natural surface shape of any object. I almost cried when I read this article. It confirms to me that I am not loosing my mind. It seems these things affect some people more then others.

    1. Hi Katie, I am dealing with the same issue and no doctor has helped . Did you ever go anywhere? This is the first article I’ve ever found that has a picture of what I see all over my body and clothes..

  12. Hi Teddy
    Yes, what you are holding is a worm. But it is unlike anything we have seen before. It may look like a hair but if yiu burn them with a lighter they do not burn like a normal hair would. They seem to be very interested in us.
    Now, this is purely speculative, there are some that believe that these things are attracted to Co2, like some nematodes have been known to do. When exhailing you breath out CO2. So there is some agreement that smokers may inadvertently attract these creatures to themselves. Again, this is just what I and some others have concluded. High heat seems to take care of these or other types that may be stinging you. Like in your car for example. Leaving your car running on high heat with the recycled air button pushed for 4 to 5 hours should do the trick. Remember to keep the windows up. You can duplicate the same senario with your house but it may be very costly.

    1. I have been dealing with what I believe are those words for yrs along with tiny little white blobs which may be there larvae . Noone believes ne. I have scars from the stings. Yes heat DEFINITELY helps. It almost seems like they try and protect one another. I’ve seen dermatologist and gave used promethrin creams. Cleaners. Ectopic. Again helps but not a cure. I’m lost .. my xats are terrified, they leaves yellow blotches on everything that you can see better when wet. I’m a 51 yr old woman from Michigan . Anything???

      1. Yes I feel they protect each other . I even noticed my hair gets hot at times and once I felt like an electric shock when a hair was like trying to fight me and stabbed me it’s so weird and hard to explain . I feel like it attacked me because I was pulling out strand of hair and it like got mad at me.

      2. Yes that’s true . I even noticed my hair gets hot at times and once I felt like an electric shock when a hair was like trying to fight me and stabbed me it’s so weird and hard to explain . I feel like it attacked me because I was pulling out strand of hair and it like got mad at me.

    2. I hate for this to sound the way it’s going to sound but thank God all of you are going through the same thing I am because just like all of you I have almost checked myself into an asylum over this. I have pictures videos all kinds of different things and nobody’s ever been able to help thought about it being more gallons I’ve literally exhausted every Google search or any other search engine for that fact and everything goes back to parapsychology or some kind of mental issue when it’s not but you begin to think it is. They come out of my fingernails my cuticles the palms of my hands in between my fingers my feet my legs every part of my entire body my hair brush is covered every time I brush my hair looks like lint wrapped around each of the bristles I mean private areas any and everywhere you can think of my eyeballs they come out of there inside of my nose. If anybody can help or has learned anything new please let me know. And thank you in advance and God bless every single one of you.

  13. Doxycycline ketozonale cream and pomegranate juice vitamin c mango throw away shoes. Filariasis /horsehair worms / who knows. White small are active female worms. Soak hands in apple cider vinegar. Doxyciclkne for months. Sorry think no one else will help us

    1. Did you try this regimen of doxycycline
      and it and the other things u listed and it cured you or made things better or are you trying it now ?

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