“These are everywhere: face, head, inside,” states this reader in her submission to us. “What should I do?” she asks about the organisms pictured below, which vary in appearance from long, brown pieces of matter, to ovate, green-gray objects.
She has been to the hospital three times so far, but whoever she has consulted has called her “crazy”. As a result, she has now come to us for advice. “A woman knows her body,” she continues. “I feel like I’m dying a slow death.”
Now, unfortunately our advice can only go so far as recommending medical professionals that she can go to for better help. We cannot identify the organisms, because they are causing medical concerns, and since we are not medical professionals, we are not qualified to make such identifications. Doing so would be to diagnose the issue, which often does more harm than good when the diagnosis comes from someone who is not a medical professional.
So, with that in mind, 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.
A medical parasitologist specializes in the field of organisms that negatively affect people’s health. As such, they would take our reader seriously. If our reader were to consult a medical parasitologist, we advise that she tells them her entire story and show them the same photos she sent us. This can potentially help speed up the process of identifying the organisms and coming to a solution.
To conclude, we are unfortunately not qualified to identify the organisms which are plaguing our reader, but we hope nonetheless that the resources listed above come to use, and that we were able to help in some way. We wish her the very best, and hope that she knows she is not alone in her struggle.
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