“What is in my scalp?” asks this reader about the pinkish matter photographed below. She also sends in pictures of what we assume to be her hair, as well as of a green, leaf-like object.
To start off with, we need to immediately address the fact that we will unfortunately not be able to answer our reader’s question directly, given the nature of her situation. As she states that the matter below was from her scalp, the situation calls for a medical professional’s opinion. As we are not such professionals, we are not qualified to give out this advice. If we were to do so, we could be giving incorrect advice, which can often be more harmful than not saying anything at all. That said, we will help in the way that we can, which is by pointing our reader in the direction of some resources she can use to find someone to consult with.
Naturally, our reader may want to see her doctor about this, and while going to one’s doctor is usually a good idea for most medical problems, in the experience of many of our other readers, they have had better luck going to see a specialist. This is because non-specializing doctors (GPs and ER doctors, for example) will usually not have received training in parasitology, and are thus not equipped to deal with this sort of issue. So, 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. 4) Contact Dr. Vipul Savaliya of Infectious Disease Care (“IDCare”) at idcarepa.com. We have had a reader write to us to say that they had a really good experience with Dr. Vipul Savaliya in particular. We have communicated with Dr. Savaliya, and he expressed deep empathy for people dealing with these issues, and is open to consulting with someone experiencing organism-induced symptoms wherever they may be (his practice is in North Carolina, but you don’t have to be there to have a consultation with him). Additionally, Dr. Amin will also consult patients online!
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In conclusion, it is unfortunate that we cannot answer our reader’s question and provide more direct help, but as we are not medical professionals, listing the resources above is the best we can do. Nonetheless, we hope that this has helped and we wish our reader the best of luck!