“Can a person’s gut be so full of, like, pinworms […] that they come out of the skin and nose and start biting the skin on the outside?” asks this reader in his submission. He seems concerned about his eating habits and the symptoms he has been experiencing.
Our reader does not send any pictures, but hopes that we can answer this “very simple question.”
Besides coming out of his skin, our reader states that his “eating isn’t very good and when it’s really bad in [his] nose” he blows out “tiny hairs” that “float for a time” and seem “to know how to glide where [they want]”.
Our reader believes “something internal is going on” but his doctors think he is “nuts.”
Unfortunately, this question is not so simple, at least in terms of the potential repercussions an answer might have. What we mean by this is that our reader is not asking this question out of pure curiosity, but because he is experiencing medical issues and is seeking medical advice.
Since we are not medical professionals, we are unfortunately legally unable to make diagnoses or to provide an opinion related to any human symptom or condition, or what may be causing it. As such, we will not be able to help our reader in the way that he requests.
What we will say about pinworms is that they are intestinal, and they tend to cause symptoms of itching around the anus, as that is where they lay their eggs.
Regardless, this is not an identification of what our reader is dealing with, and he should seek professional medical consultation.
Now, it is with a heavy heart that we have read several submissions from our readers who have been turned away from their primary care doctors when they come to them with what they believe to be parasites. This is not the first reader who has reported that they have been called “nuts” or some other form of the insult.
Generally speaking, doctors do not receive training in parasitology and are thus unequipped to deal with them. Of course, that does not justify dismissing patients with scorn, rather than recommending them to someone else who would be capable of diagnosing and treating issues of parasites.
The type of physicians they should be referring their patients to are medical parasitologists. These physicians specialize in treating parasitic worms. When our other readers have gone to such specialists, they have received much better care and have had positive experiences.
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.
In conclusion, we can unfortunately not directly answer our reader’s question, as we fear it might be misconstrued as medical advice, which we are not qualified to give. That said, as our reader is worried about pinworms, and about his health in general, we urge him to seek the advice of an infectious disease physician. We hope the resources listed above come to good use and that our reader receives help with his concern as soon as possible.
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