“I think small black flies are breeding in me” starts this reader in his submission concerning the small, gray-black organisms photographed on his bathtub ledge. He asks what these are, and specifically if they are larvae or pieces of grass.
This issue has been going on for two years, so we understand our reader’s concern about parasites. Seeing as he is concerned about his health, we cannot provide any concrete answers in this article. This is because we are not medical professionals, and thus we cannot provide any identifications which could be used as medical advice or a diagnosis. That said, it seems as though our reader is not entirely sure whether or not these are actually breeding in him, seeing as he also thinks they could be pieces of grass. From what we can see in the first photo above, there does seem to be pieces of grass scattered among the organisms, and the organisms in the second photo below do really look like flies. Regardless, our reader should still take all of this with a grain of salt and should instead consult the advice of a medical professional for a definite answer on whether or not these organisms are indeed breeding inside his body.
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With that said, 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. Dr. Savaliya has been personally recommended by another reader, who had a positive experience with him, but it has also come to our attention that some have had difficulty booking an appointment. So, in the case that our reader decides to choose IDCare for his consultation, we recommend calling their office directly. In any case, both Dr. Savaliya and Dr. Amin are available to consult with patients online, so one does not need to visit their physical offices to get treatment.
In conclusion, we are not qualified to identify the creatures our reader is concerned about, given his suspicion that they may be parasitic. Nonetheless, we hope that the pointers we gave in this article are helpful, and that our reader is able to have his issue diagnosed and treated soon!
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