A woman reached out to us saying that she and her husband had the same kind of infestation of bugs living in their skin, and they wonder what they can do about the problem. They have sought medical advice, but found that doctors were not helpful.
Our reader further detailed that those same doctors who were not helpful deemed this medical issue a rash, and our reader felt like the doctors were treating her and her husband as if they were on drugs, but that they took no blood tests. She is sure that her and her husband are plagued by bugs that look like ‘small little fly looking things’, and while at first they thought they were scabies, now they are not so sure.
First and foremost, it is necessary for us to make clear that we will not be able to provide any sort of identification, as that would be the equivalent of providing a medical diagnosis, which we are not qualified to do as we are not medical professionals. Secondly, we want to point out that we get a lot of readers who are upset by the treatment, or lack thereof, that they receive from doctors when they are met with issues of parasitic infestations. However, it should be noted that most doctors do not receive training within this field, and so they are neither equipped to identify a given parasite or treat it, which is understandably upsetting and confusing given that our first instinct is to go to our doctor with a medical problem. Thirdly, there are fortunately other ways to get parasites identified and treated.
What one needs to do is find the sort of physician who has training and experience in this sort of thing. To do that, our reader can perform any or both of these two searches:
– travel medicine physician in (name of your town or largest city)
– infectious disease specialist in (name of your town or largest city)”
An infectious disease physician specializes in this field of medicine and will thus have a better understanding of our reader’s problem and how to resolve it. Furthermore, if any of our readers have found a physician who was knowledgeable and helpful regarding parasites, please leave their name and contact information in a comment below! Likewise, if our reader also happened to have an actual sample of the ‘parasite’, we can recommend taking it to the physician, or her local county extension office or university extension to have a local entomologist identify it. Even if they will not be able to provide medical treatment, by having an identification that our reader can then take to her doctor, she will then hopefully receive the medical attention she requires as the doctor will have a better understanding of what needs to be treated.
To conclude, although we are not able to provide our reader with an identification of these parasites or directly help her with her issue, we hope that the advice detailed in this article will be helpful nonetheless and that our reader can get this issue resolved soon.