One of our readers recently sent us a photo of a small, clear worm-like organism. He explained that it came from the inside of his cheek and wonders what it could be. Since our reader found this creature in his body, we want to make it clear that we are not medical professionals and therefore cannot give medical advice of any kind.

There are several common parasites that affect humans, but we don’t think any of them are a match for what our reader has discovered. Let’s review a few of the most common human parasites below:

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  • Pinworm
  • Tapeworm
  • Roundworm

Pinworms are the most common intestinal parasite in the United States. They are small, white, thread-like worms that are visible to the human eye. Itching around the anal area is the most common symptom, and it typically gets worse at night. We don’t believe this is a match for the specimen our reader found.

Like pinworms, tapeworms are also intestinal parasites that are small and white. A tapeworm consists of many small segments that join together, so a whole tapeworm can be more than a foot long! Alone, these tiny segments look like grains of rice. People that are infected with a tapeworm might experience some discomfort in the abdomen, but many don’t feel any pain or symptoms. As they are intestinal parasites, and our reader found the creature in his cheek, we are pretty confident he isn’t dealing with a tapeworm.

Roundworms, or nematodes, make up the phylum Nematoda. There are over 28,000 species worldwide, over half of which are parasitic. They are usually intestinal parasites, and they most often enter the body through the mouth or direct contact with the skin. They sometimes cause severe symptoms in humans, while other times those infected don’t even notice. We don’t think this is what our reader is dealing with because while they might enter through the mouth, they are intestinal parasites.

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Since we aren’t medical professionals, we aren’t experts on all human worms. We don’t know what creature our reader found in his cheek, and we can’t determine if it is parasitic or not. Since we don’t have the medical training or expertise, we can’t offer our reader any advice other than we recommend he visit a doctor ASAP.

In conclusion, we aren’t sure about the clear worm our reader found in his cheek. We aren’t able to weigh in on medical matters since we aren’t medical professionals, so we encourage our reader to visit a doctor. We wish him the best of luck!