“I found this in my toilet… what is it and did it come out of me?” asks this reader, who has sent in pictures, as well as a video of the organism mentioned in his query. This organism appears to be short in length, white in color, and has a darkly-colored head.
After leaving her house in South-East England empty for three months, this reader has found a worm in her toilet and wonders if we have any ideas about what it could be. The worm is described by our reader as having “yellow and reddish-brown stripes”, and zooming in on the photograph she sent us confirms, at the very least, that the worm is striped.
We believe the tiny black worms our reader found in his toilet are drain fly larvae, not parasites. Drain fly larvae aren’t considered harmful and aren’t known to carry or transmit human diseases.
On two recent occasions in the last week, a reader found a worm in her toilet. She found the worm after she used and flushed the toilet in both instances. The worm in the toilet is quite small – it is only about a half an inch long (about 1.5 centimeters) – and it has a white and grey body. (It isn’t really either color, so the worm is more of a whitish, grayish color, with both end tips of the worm being a darker, almost black color.) Understandably, the reader was worried about finding a worm in her toilet, so she went to the doctor to be tested for parasites. She was given Albenza by the doctor as she awaited her test results. In the meantime, she asked us to weigh in the matter, hoping that we can identify the small worm in the toilet she found.