“For about two years now, I’ve been covered in what appears to be different parasites,” states this reader in his submission concerning the “tiny white things” that “crawl all over” his skin. Our reader does not ask any specific questions, but we will do our best to help him with his situation nonetheless.
The “parasites” appeared around the same time that our reader moved from Philadelphia to Florida. He has “tiny gray worms and larvae on the tip of his nose”. Additionally, he has found “tiny white flying things” and “large” worms residing “deeper” into his “sinus cavity.” He has been experiencing symptoms of chest pains, dry coughing, dizziness, headaches, severe weight loss, and heavy rectal bleeding. The pictures he sent in with his submission are of the organisms that came from his nose. We also want to note that our reader sent in far more pictures than the ones embedded in this article, but we have not included a number of them for a variety of reasons: to protect our reader’s identity, to avoid repetitive imagery, and to avoid clogging up the text with too many pictures. Our reader adds that he has a cat that is free to roam outside.
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Now, right off the bat we have to say that we are not qualified to identify any of these creatures. This is because we are not medical professionals, and as our reader refers to these organisms as “parasites”, and has been experiencing symptoms, this situation is clearly medical in nature. What we can recommend is that our reader 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. Whichever option he goes for, we advise that our reader bring all of the photos he sent us (including the ones we excluded from the article) to his consultation with his physician, and that he tells them all of the same information he gave to us, especially his symptoms. This will aid the physician in diagnosing the problem, so that he can quickly respond to the issue and provide our reader with whatever treatment may be necessary.
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In conclusion, we are unfortunately not qualified to identify the organisms that have been plaguing our reader, but we hope that the resources listed above come to use and that our reader gets the answers and help he desires soon!