“I picked what seems to be some type of small black worm and maybe a mite”, writes this reader in his submission regarding the minuscule organism pictured below. “Their bite can be painful and they are penetrating and seem to be nesting in my skin. I cannot find what they are and I have tried everything. I have tea about biting bugs to get rid of them. 200 degrees heating of my semi, 140 degree heating of my clothes: they live through the wash. Please help me as I am infested.” First things first, we need to make clear that we will unfortunately not be able to identify these creatures. This is because our reader has made it very clear that they are infesting his body and causing health problems for him. As such, we can only assume the situation is medical in nature. Since we are not medical professionals, we are neither qualified nor legally able to identify organisms that cause such issues, because doing so would be tantamount to providing a diagnosis, and taking a non-medical professional’s medical advice can do more harm than good.
With that said, we can help so far as pointing him in the direction of physicians who are qualified and capable of identifying and treating this problem. In particular, we recommend he consult a medical parasitologist, as they specialize in organisms that live inside people and cause issues. Of course, he could also consult his primary care doctor, but in the experience of many of our readers, they prove to not be so helpful in cases such as these. This is because primary care doctors often do not receive training in parasitology. For that reason, we always recommend seeking the help of medical parasitologists instead, as they dedicate their time to this particular medical field.
To find a medical parasitologist, our reader can do one or more of the following:
1) Search for a medical parasitologist in his 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 should note that both Dr. Amin and Dr. Savaliya are available for online consultation, so our reader does not need to be in the vicinity of their physical offices to get help! Likewise, we recommend that he shares the same context and photos he shared with us with whomever he consults, as it can greatly help speed up the process of diagnosing the issue.
To conclude, we are unfortunately not qualified to identify the creatures our reader is dealing with, though we hope that the resources listed above do help. We wish him the very best!