“I have been dealing with these things in my nose and in my mouth above my dentures”, states this reader in Northeast Florida. “Please tell me what they are”, she requests, asking about the multitude of organisms pictured below. The creatures in the photos vary in appearance and size, ranging from black, flowery-shaped objects to slimy, pink-white strands of matter.
In any case, we will unfortunately not be able to identify these organisms for our reader. The reason is because she states that they have been coming from her nose and mouth, and whenever we encounter organisms that come from people’s bodies, we have to assume that the situation may be medical in nature. Since we are not medical professionals, we are not qualified or legally able to make such identifications, as they could potentially be understood as a diagnosis, and doing that could potentially do more harm than good.
With that said, we can still help insofar as pointing our reader in the direction of some resources through which she can find someone who is qualified to help her. Although our reader’s first instinct might be to consult her primary care doctor, in cases like these, we recommend consulting a medical parasitologist. This is because primary care doctors often do not receive training in parasitology, and will thus not be equipped to diagnose and treat parasitic infections. Of course, we are not inferring that what our reader is experiencing is a parasitic infection, as that is not a claim we can make. Nonetheless, a medical parasitologist will be better equipped to find out if the organisms coming from our reader’s body are parasitic to begin with.
To find a medical parasitologist, our reader can do one or more of the following:
1) Search for a medical parasitologist in Northeast Florida 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.
We should note that both Dr. Amin and Dr. Savaliya are available for online consultation, so our reader does not need to be in the vicinity of their physical offices to get help!
In conclusion, we are unfortunately not able to help our reader in the way that she requests. Yet, we still hope that we were able to help in some way. We hope she finds the resources useful, and we wish her the very best!
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