“I’ve got something in my trailer” states this reader in her query about the organisms pictured below. Our reader is concerned for her health and safety, and asks what she can do to get rid of the creatures.
Before we begin, we must make our reader aware of the fact that we will not be able to identify the organisms, nor will be able to tell her how to get rid of them. This situation is potentially medical in nature, and as we are not medical professionals, we are not qualified to identify these creatures: doing so would be to diagnose a medical problem. All we can do is provide some resources that our reader can utilize in order to get a professional’s opinion and get the help she may require. ”
What we can recommend is that our reader do one or more of the following:
1) Search for a medical parasitologist in her 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.
Any of these resources are viable routes to go down, and we should make clear that the two specialists listed here will consult with patients online, no matter where they are based.
If and when she does consult with a physician, we suggest that she gives them the same context she gave us; the organisms “sting” her and “they have got on” her. She worries that they are harmful to her, as she is “a woman with COPD and bronchitis.
Additionally, she mentions that the organisms “look similar to the picture you have on the website”, though she does not inform us as to which article or picture she is referring. When consulting with a physician, we advise that she also show them the picture from our website that she thinks looks similar to the organisms. Similarly, we also recommend that she show them the photos she sent us.
All in all, providing one’s physician with whatever context and materials one has at their disposal is always a good idea, as it could potentially speed up the process of identifying the organisms.
To conclude, we cannot tell our reader what it is she has, as we are not medical professionals. Either way, we hope that the resources listed above help her get the help she is looking for. We wish her the very best.
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