“Can you identify these please?” asks this reader in Olean, New York who has been plagued by these organisms for almost two years. His dermatologist says he is better off getting help from an exterminator to diagnose his skin ailment.
To begin with, it is vital that we let our reader know that we will not be able to identify the organisms in the pictures he sent us. This is because our reader has disclosed that the matter is medical in nature, and since we are not medical professionals we cannot diagnose his problem. Similarly, an exterminator is not a medical professional either, and to be quite frank, it was rather irresponsible of our reader’s dermatologist to suggest that our reader should consult an exterminator for a medical issue. What we can do is point our reader toward some resources he can use to find someone who is genuinely qualified to deal with this type of problem. As our reader’s photos and story implies, the organisms are negatively affecting his skin and body, and so we think it would be worth consulting with an infectious disease physician, as they are trained in the field of parasitology, fungal infections, and more ailments of the body caused by living organisms.
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What we can recommend is that our reader do one or more of the following: 1) Search for a medical parasitologist Olen 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 Olean New York” or “tropical medicine specialist Olean New York”. 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. Whichever resource our reader does end up using, we urge him to get in touch with someone as soon as possible. As our reader has been dealing with this for two years, we can guess that he is quite eager to have this over and done with, and having a medical issue for that long cannot be good for one’s emotional health.
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To conclude, we are unfortunately not able or qualified to directly help our reader with his issue and identify the organisms in the photographs he sent us. That said, we hope that the resources we did provide do come to use and that our reader makes haste in getting his problem resolved. Any updates he can provide us on his journey toward good health are welcomed, and we encourage him to write any such updates in an email to us or in the comments section below.