Snake-like Worms Found in Hair of Woman

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“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.

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:
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
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!


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Snake-like Worms Found in Hair of Woman
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Snake-like Worms Found in Hair of Woman
"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.

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9 thoughts on “Snake-like Worms Found in Hair of Woman

  1. I am dealing with the same sort of issue. In different parts of my body as well. I’ve went to the local emergency department and was basically told I was crazy. It’s a terrible feeling when you know something is happening to your body and no one will consider the possibilities. I read somewhere that few medical professionals are knowledgeable in this area. When a medical professional is uneducated in this area, they quickly turn away from it as if it’s nonexistent. Today is the first time I’ve read of other people having the same things going on in their bodies. I am interested in knowing more and possibly exchanging experiences and advice. ? Please help.

    1. I am going through this and have hundreds of pics and I now have been labeled a crazy person by 2 doctors and 2 hospitals emergency rooms. I am deteriorating by the day and can hardly go out of the house except maybe a couple hours after spending 4 hours getting ready and trying to get them out of my hair with lice combs. I’m so upset that no one will listen and I have called every parasitologist in my state and they all need a referral and of course my primary care doc thinks I am hallucinating! I even have specimens in baggies from getting them out of my hair. My head and ears hurt like hell. I’m pretty alone in this and if you would like to compare notes or anything text me …425 350 0503 Jennifer

  2. I am dealing with this also ..doctors think I am crazy. I have tried everything I can think of and it keeps getting worse. Also have white powder in my hair by end of day …not dandruff. I cry and cry and am thinking of shaving my head ? please if anyone has any info please tell me!

  3. I’m dealing with the same exact thing along with many other bizarre things. It consumes my life. Constantly searching and search everyday. I’ve been to multiple doctors including infection disease specialist. When I started having or noticing symptoms in January, it has gone from one thing to another thing to another thing…I’m determined to figure out what is going on. My dog has this as well. :( cl******@gm***.com

  4. I’m going thru this as well! I’ve been laughed at, told I was crazy and turned away from every ER in Central Ohio. I need real help, now. I’m sick. Upper respiratory and sinus. I swear these things go inside my body and re-emerge thru my Scalp. I can feel them travel from various parts of my body through my jaw joints, behind my eyes, in my sinuses etc. I think we have a pretty serious issue here and we all need answers. Also my energy levels are way down. I’m feeling tired and crave foods all the time. Constipation, makes

  5. what about horsehair worms? those exist,but are not “suppose” to infest humans, only bugs. The thing is, if you have bugs on your skin, who are vectors of horsehair worms, isnt it fair to say they could technically live on and infest a human. highly unlikely is that I believe they die once reaching full maturity and getting to the water they seek out??? ive been researching so much for so long I dont even think I have any more space in my brain to remember everything. {

    1. Im a 49 year old female living in Maryland. Dealing with this myself. I have identical pics to the post author. It has made life a living hell for me. I would love to exchange info and pics with anyone who has an idea what it is or how to get rid of it. Or just to exchange experiences. This is definitely something many won’t be able to relate to. jp********@gm***.com or text 444-530-4301

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