Pimple on Scalp Actually a Worm?

A reader recently wrote to us concerned about her son. Her issue is not one we come across often. She said her son had small pimples on his scalp that were sometimes itchy. She assumed these were boils and tried to squeeze them, but was unsuccessful. She then treated him for worm and the boil went away. She is curious what kind of worm this was.

Our reader didn’t include which type of worm she treated her son for, or what this treatment included. Without having any other information to go on, it is very difficult to determine what kind of worm this was. There are three main types of parasitic worms that humans may get, but these are just the common ones, many more exist. These are flatworms, flukes, and roundworms. Since we don’t know any of her son’s symptoms besides having an itchy boil on his head, we can’t determine which type of he might have had. Most parasitic worms that cause boils are found in Africa and Central and South America, and the reader didn’t mention that her son had visited there.

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Unfortunately, without more information we aren’t able to answer this reader’s questions. We would recommend seeing a medical professional to discuss this question further, perhaps the same person who advised her to treat her son for worms.

In sum, a reader wrote to us about a boil on her son’s head that wouldn’t go away. Upon treating him for worms, it was gone. She was curious what kind of worm this was. Without more information, we were unfortunately not able to find an answer to her question, but we wish her the best of luck in her search and her son’s health!

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Pimple on Scalp Actually a Worm?
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A reader recently wrote to us concerned about her son. Her issue is not one we come across often. She said her son had small pimples on his scalp that were sometimes itchy. She assumed these were boils and tried to squeeze them, but was unsuccessful. She then treated him for worm and the boil went away. She is curious what kind of worm this was.
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