“I see different types of worms in my hair, but some look like snakes,” states this reader in her submission, which included the photographs below. Our reader resides in Alberta, Canada and asks us if it is possible that worms resemble snakes.
To answer our reader’s question straight off the bat, there are not any worms that we know of that resemble snakes. That said, there are snakes that resemble worms. One of the most common snakes to be mistaken for a worm is the brahminy blind snake. This little critter dwells underground, and will feed on the eggs, larvae and pupae of insects. They are not harmful to humans or pets, and they are not that commonly seen. To add to that, they definitely do not crawl into people’s hair, so we are not saying that these are what our reader found.
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On that note, we cannot really tell what we are looking for in our reader’s photos. We cannot see any worms, so it is difficult for us to get any clues as to what these worms might look like. And the only description we got from our reader is that they resemble snakes.
We would suggest that our reader consult a medical parasitologist. They specialize in diagnosing and treating infectious diseases caused by parasitic organisms. We are not saying that these are parasites (since we are not medical professionals, this is not a claim we are qualified to make), but seeing as these organisms are living in our reader’s hair, then it might be worth consulting a medical professional to find out if these worms are worth worrying about. If they were to start negatively affecting our reader’s health, then she should definitely seek medical advice.
So, in the case that our reader wants/needs to consult a medical parasitologist, 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.
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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 answers!
To conclude, while there are no worms that we know of that look like snakes, there is the brahminy blind snake, which is often mistaken for a worm. Of course, we do not think these snakes are in our reader’s hair, as there would be a reason for them to be, and we would see them in the photos (as they tend to be roughly the size of an earthworm). In any case, we recommend that our reader seek the advice of a medical parasitologist if she is worried that these worms will negatively affect her health. We wish her the best!