“What Are These Bugs in My Skin?”

We recently received a long message from one of our readers. She explained that about 6 months ago her vacuum blew up, blowing mites, diatomaceous clay, and fine dust into her home. Shortly after the explosion, she developed a horrible rash which she saw a doctor about and was prescribed scabies medication. The rash didn’t improve and now she sees worm-like things all over her skin, which she believes are parasites. She thinks they might have something to do with her dog, who is also behaving oddly. She wrote, “I feel thorns and bites all over my body and my back, chest, and legs, are all infected with worms. I have swollen eyes and scabs in my hair.”

We really feel for our reader. From her message, we can tell that she is extremely frustrated and is experiencing severe physical discomfort. Unfortunately, since her complaints are medical, we can’t offer her much help. While we do know a lot about worms, we aren’t medical professionals and therefore can’t speculate on medical issues, diagnose problems, or offer any advice. We will share the photos in case there is someone who has dealt with something similar and wants to connect with our reader:

In this first photo, we can see two objects. The first is small and brown, and the second is larger, white, and looks almost like mucus or a crumpled up tissue. We don’t know where on her body she found these. In the next photo, we see four tiny white things. They almost look like grains of rice:

The photographs our reader sent reminded us of an article we wrote about Morgellons Disease. Morgellons disease is a condition that isn’t very common or well understood. According to Mayo Clinic, “people who have Morgellons disease report the following signs and symptoms:

• Skin rashes or sores that can cause intense itching
• Crawling sensations on and under the skin, often compared to insects moving, stinging or biting
• Fibers, threads or black stringy material in and on the skin
• Fatigue
• Difficulty concentrating
• Short-term memory loss
• Depressed mood

We can’t diagnose our reader, but we do recommend she see a travel or infectious disease doctor since specialists are often more experienced in handling these sort of cases. She can find one by searching “Travel infectious disease specialist [her location or nearest big city.]” We wish our reader the best of luck and hope she returns to good health ASAP.

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We recently received a long message from one of our readers. She explained that about 6 months ago her vacuum blew up, blowing mites, diatomaceous clay, and fine dust into her home.
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