A reader says that parasites are plaguing his life, and he hopes that we can help identify the parasites for him. He has been experiencing severe pain in his leg and later realized he had “a row of small scabs” on his shin, which he proceeded to scrape off.
First and foremost, we wish to warn our readers that the following images are quite graphic, so we want to provide a trigger warning for blood. Secondly, it is of utmost importance that we make clear to our reader that we will not be able to identify these creatures. That is because the situation is clearly medical in nature and calls for a medical professional to provide an accurate diagnosis, which is something we cannot do. Therefore, all we can really do is redirect our reader, and encourage him to seek out a medical professional. There are various options here.
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Our reader can consult a doctor, and that might be naturally be the first place one goes for a consultation on any health-related issues. However, we have found that many readers who are certain they have a parasite go to their doctors, who then tell their patients that they cannot identify the parasites. This has usually left our readers frustrated, which is understandable, but at the same time, it should be noted that doctors, for the most part, are actually not trained to identify parasitic infestations, and often are not equipped to respond to these types of situations. That is not to say we do not recommend going to one’s doctor, as that is still a viable option and might be a good place to start, but we also want to clarify that there are other options.
For example, consulting a physician who specializes in parasitic infestations and infectious diseases is another idea worth considering. To find one, our reader can simply do an internet search of ‘infectious disease specialist (name of his city)’ or ‘travel disease specialist (name of his city)’. If any of our other readers have any suggestions or recommendations for infectious disease specialists that have helped them, they should feel free to comment down below their name and contact details. Furthermore, another option our reader might consider is taking a sample of the creatures to his local county, or the entomology department at a university nearby. Although these places will not be able to directly provide treatment, they might be able to identify the parasites, which could help our reader in receiving the proper treatment he needs from a medical professional.
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In conclusion, because we are not medical professionals, and providing an identification would be equivalent to providing a diagnosis, which we are not qualified to do, even if we knew what parasites our reader is dealing with (which we do not), we would not be able to provide much information. However, we hope that the information and advice detailed in this article has been helpful nonetheless and that our reader may be free of this issue soon.