One of our readers recently reached out to us about her skin. She wrote, “What is coming out of my pores? It pinches and stings me. I’ve had an issue with it for 3 years, but doctors don’t take me seriously. I have open sores and they won’t go away. Please help if you can as it’s really starting to affect my health.” She sent us 3 photographs:
She didn’t explain where on her body these sores are, or where each specimen came from. Also, there isn’t anything to use for size comparison in the photo, so we don’t know how big or small the creature is.
Again, we don’t know where on her body this creature came from or its size. It doesn’t look like any parasite we are familiar with. The final photo looks a little bit like a flatworm, but these aren’t usually found on humans, and we don’t feel confident about confirming that as the creature’s identity.
Since this is a medical issue, we, unfortunately, aren’t able to provide much help to our reader. We aren’t sure what she is dealing with, and we don’t feel comfortable guessing. There are several “skin worms” that can affect humans, but we aren’t familiar enough with them to recognize them on our readers. In addition, we don’t have the training or expertise to diagnose or treat anyone based on photos and a description. For these reasons, we encourage our reader to see a medical professional for help.
We know she has been dealing with this issue for years and hasn’t been taken seriously by a doctor yet. We recommend she seek out a travel/infectious disease specialist since they often have more exposure to odd cases and might be able to provide better care than a general physician in this situation. To do so, she can search “travel infectious disease specialist [her location or nearest big city.]”
To wrap up, a reader reached out to us about worms that are coming out of her pores and potentially causing open sores on her skin. Since we aren’t medical professionals, her request for help lies outside of our area of expertise. We encourage her to see a specialist and we hope she receives the care she needs!