“I’m having an issue with a parasite that the doctor and vet don’t recognize,” states this reader in her submission to us. What our reader describes as little black things and white worms with black heads have infected her family, her friend and her dog, and she asks for our help in the matter.
To begin with, we must say that we will unfortunately not be able to identify the organisms, nor give any direct advice on how to handle the situation, given that our reader has made it explicit that these are parasites. This is because parasites are always a medical concern, and since we are not medical professionals, we are not qualified to identify them. All we can do is share some resources for places our reader can go for proper medical consultation, as well as share our reader’s story with others who might be struggling with the same thing.
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So, what we can recommend is that our reader consult a medical parasitologist. Unlike a ‘regular doctor’ (such as a GP or ER doctor), a medical parasitologist specializes in identifying and treating parasitic infections, so they will be better equipped to deal with this sort of thing, as opposed to our reader’s doctor or vet. Of course, this is assuming that the doctor she visited was not already a medical parasitologist (it was not specified). The following resources can potentially lead to a consultation with a medical parasitologist:
1) Search for a medical parasitologist in her 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.com.
4) Contact Dr. Vipul Savaliya of Infectious Disease Care (“IDCare”) at idcarepa.com.
Both Dr. Amin and Dr. Savaliya are available for online consultation, so our reader does not need to be in the vicinity of their physical offices to receive a diagnosis and treatment!
Whomever she decides to consult, we urge our reader to tell them the same information she told us, which is as follows: The little black organisms were found on her bed sheets. They reflect light and are impossible to get rid of. She has had the same issue with white worms that have black heads. They are infecting her family, her dog and her friend, and the infection spreads at a rapid pace.
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In conclusion, we are unfortunately not qualified to give our reader any direct help with her issue. That said, we hope that the resources listed above are useful! We wish her, her family, her friend and her dog the very best. If she can and wants to provide any updates on her journey to recovery, she is welcome to do so by contacting us again or by sharing them in the comments section of this article.