Translucent, Pink-white Worm Found in Toilet May be an Earthworm

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“What is this worm?” asks this reader in her submission regarding the long, translucent worm pictured below. “I am not sick – no symptoms of gastric problems. I freaked out as I don’t know whether it came from me, but I saw it in the toilet after urinating in the middle of the night (not sure whether it was in toilet or not before use). The worm was collected on Wednesday 9/22/2021. I am in New Jersey. It is still alive. I zoomed the picture. The worm is about 2.5-3 inches long. Also there is a little piece of something else in the cup that was not there when collected. Do these things shed or multiply? Hoping you can help. Thank you.”

Given its slight pink coloration and long body, we would first assume that this is an earthworm. However, when we considered the extent to which its body is translucent, more so than an earthworm, to the point where one can see its entrails, we started wondering if it was an earthworm at all. Perhaps it was a type of bloodworm? Of course, there are species of bloodworms that are earthworms – ‘bloodworm’ is an umbrella term for a variety of worm species that are all able to survive in low-oxygen conditions due to an excess production of hemoglobin. Usually that gives them a red color, hence the name, and so that would rule out the organism our reader found. That said, the glycera worm is an example of a bloodworm, and they are more pink than red, though this creature does not look like a glycera worm either.

So, with all of that in mind, we do not exactly know what this worm might be, though our best guess is still that it is an earthworm. With regard to the smaller creature, we suppose it could be a younger, immature version of the same organism, though it is impossible to tell. It is so small that we cannot tell what it really looks like. Our reader may be wondering how these worms got in her toilet, if they did not come from her. Well, it is possible for earthworms, and other creatures, to find their way up people’s drains if there is a leak somewhere underground in the pipes. There are signs our reader can look out for to check if she may be experiencing a leak, such as changes in water pressure or temperature, foul-smelling or tasting water, and discolored water. If she thinks she may be experiencing a leak, she should contact a professional to deal with it.

Now, what we also have to take into account is that our reader is not sure if the worm was already in the toilet before she used it. This implies that she is concerned that this worm came from her body, despite saying that she is not sick. In the case that she begins to believe it may have come from her body, then she should disregard all of our educated guesses. As we are not medical professionals, we are neither qualified nor legally able to identify any organism that comes from a person or animal’s body, or that affects their body/health in any way. That is because, as soon as the creature is coming from/entering/harming the body, the situation becomes medical, which thus calls for a medical professional’s attention.

In any case, our reader may want to consult a medical professional anyway, just to know for certain whether or not the organism came from her body. If she does want to talk to a professional, we specifically recommend that she consult a medical parasitologist, as they specialize in this field. To find one, she can do one or more of the following:
1) Search for a medical parasitologist in New Jersey 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 her closest big city)” or “tropical medicine specialist (name of her 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.
We should note that 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 help!

To conclude, we are not sure what this organism is that our reader found in her toilet. If it did not come from her body, our best guess is that it is some type of earthworm, but if it did come from her, then she must disregard this guess and instead seek the opinion of a medical professional. We hope this helps, and we wish her the very best!

 

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Translucent, Pink-white Worm Found in Toilet May be an Earthworm
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Translucent, Pink-white Worm Found in Toilet May be an Earthworm
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"What is this worm?" asks this reader in her submission regarding the long, translucent worm pictured below. "I am not sick - no symptoms of gastric problems."
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