Man Suspects He has Hookworms Under his Skin and Wants to Know Where He Can Go for Help

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“These worms are under my skin” writes this reader in his submission to us about the hair-like worms in the photo below. Our reader believes them to be hookworms and asks for any feedback we can provide as to what the organisms are.

In addition to the photographs, our reader also sent in videos which he urges us to watch as we “will see exactly what I have”. We have indeed seen the videos, which show the hair-like organisms moving slowly as our reader narrates what is happening, but have not included them in this article so as to protect our reader’s privacy. In the picture below, our reader states that “you can see the burrow marks” in his skin where the worms have entered his body. Our reader is reportedly “overwhelmed and scared”, and understandably so.

We cannot confirm or deny the identification of these creatures as hookworms, and in fact we will unfortunately not be able to provide the feedback our reader requests. It it not with a light heart that we tell him this, as we sympathize with our reader’s emotional state, but it is not within our rights or capabilities to identify these worms. This is because our reader’s situation is clearly medical in nature, and as we are not medical professionals, we are not qualified to diagnose medical issues. That said, the help we can provide is listing some resources our reader can use to find the help he does need.

What we can recommend is that our reader 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.com. 4) Contact Dr. Vipul Savaliya of Infectious Disease Care (“IDCare”) at idcarepa.com.

In conclusion, we are unfortunately unable to directly help our reader identify the “worms” that are bothering him, and we wish we could do more. That said, we do hope that the resources provided will get our reader the help he needs and that he can get this sorted as soon as possible. Our reader is more than welcome to provide us with updates by submitting another question or leaving a comment below if he does manage to get help, as we would love to hear back from him. We wish him the best!

 

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Man Suspects he has Hookworms Under his Skin; Where he Can Go for Help
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Man Suspects he has Hookworms Under his Skin; Where he Can Go for Help
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"These worms are under my skin" writes this reader in his submission to us about the hair-like worms in the photo below. Our reader believes them to be hookworms and asks for any feedback we can provide as to what the organisms are.
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2 thoughts on “Man Suspects He has Hookworms Under his Skin and Wants to Know Where He Can Go for Help

  1. Exactly the same. Besides I don’t just find them in my skin. They’re in my stool, my dogs stool, and all over my house. I don’t know what to do. Hardly any doctors take me serious and infectious disease won’t take me without a diagnosis of what the specific parasites are. I’ve literally lost my daughter and been diagnosed with “parasitosis” although the other half of my doctors disagree. I am fighting to get my child back. She is just a baby. Court keeps getting continued and it’s been months. I’ve never done anything wrong/dangerous to myself or her. Never said anything for anyone to think otherwise. nor was I ever unable to take care of her or myself to the fullest. I am alienated from friends and basically half the doctors think I’m crazy. Mainly Er doctors.

  2. I have the same exact looking creatures I found using a cheap handheld microscope on my legs. I have had symptoms of parasitic nature for a while but no insurance or doctor who will take me seriously.

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