“I have a very strange infestation under my skin,” states this reader concerning the “black, worm-like creatures” he details in his submission. He includes no pictures with his query, but he does give plenty of context, and asks that we give him ideas for how to get rid of this infestation.
To start off, we must preface this article by saying that we will not be able to identify these organisms. Since our reader explicitly states that the worms live under his skin, his situation needs the opinion of a medical professional, which we are not. What we can do in this situation is provide our reader with a list of resources for places he can go to seek the opinion of someone who is both qualified and capable of diagnosing and treating his problem. Before we do that, though, we think it pertinent to relay our reader’s story.
The organisms our reader has been plagued with are “black, worm-like creatures”, some of which have tentacles that they “send out over the skin in order to feed”. Our reader speculates that it could be the “queens” that possess this ability. These queens then “make a pocket” in his skin in which they lay their eggs and pump blood using their tail. Other worms will surround the pocket to keep it open. He asserts that he has seen this with his own eyes, but he is nonetheless not sure if what the queen uses to pump blood into his wounds is actually its tail or something else. The queens prefer our reader’s ears, while his “belly (not my stomach) is just packed full of others.” Additionally, he affirms that he is certain that these are not tapeworms, as they have not gone near his stomach, despite having access to it. “Plus, a stool sample came up negative.” The worms are apparently also able to “run”: “I have scared them so bad on occasion that they jumped out of my skin and ran away.” He states that they run in a similar fashion to humans, using their tentacles like legs to propel themselves forward.
“I have other strange health problems that seem to mask these things,” he continues. At this point, he has been fighting these creatures for years. Aloe Vera and rubbing alcohol seem to irritate the creatures, but they do not kill them. “The only thing I can pretty much verify that kills these things is using my finger nails to force them into a corner and then pressing my finger nail into them.”
He has been to see a dermatologist, who told him that the organisms were “just clothing marks.” Similarly, he has been to see doctors, but none of them have helped him with his issue. “You should see what they have done to my shoulders, back of my neck, face, top of my head and back of my neck!”
As we said, we recommend that our reader seek the opinion of a medical professional, but more specifically, we recommend that our reader see a physician that specializes in parasitology. The reason for the dermatologist and doctors not being able to help him is likely because they have not received training in parasitology. As such, they would not know what they are looking for when our reader reports worms living under his skin. As such, what we can recommend is that our reader do one or more of the following:
1) Search for a medical parasitologist in their 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.
To conclude, we are not qualified to identify the organisms plaguing our reader, nor are we qualified to provide any direct medical advice on the matter. Despite this, we hope that we were able to help in some way, and that our reader makes use of the resources above to find the answers he seeks. We wish him the very best.
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