We recently received a short message and a picture from one of our readers. He explained, “What is this? It came out of a human being. It didn’t come from me but from someone that I care for very much.” He didn’t elaborate on how they discovered this worm. Did they find it in the toilet after a bowel movement? Did the worm crawl out of a wound? Since he didn’t elaborate, we assume they discovered it in the toilet:
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Our reader also didn’t mention if the worm was discovered alive or dead. While this might seem like a minor detail, it can be a revealing hint. If the worm was alive, then it might be parasitic. However if it is dead than the person could have accidentally eaten it and then expelled it from their body and it might not be parasitic. Here is a closer look at the specimen:
We believe this looks like some type of larvae, but we aren’t able to identify it further. Unfortunately, there is not very much we can offer our reader besides our recommendation that whoever this worm came out of see a doctor as soon as possible. Since we aren’t medical professionals, we are not licensed to give medical advice of any kind. We also don’t feel comfortable speculating on whether or not this specimen is a parasite, since that deals quite closely with the health of the person who this worm came out of. We think they should see a doctor as soon as possible and bring the worm in a small container to be examined if possible.
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To wrap up, one of our readers wrote to us about a worm that came out someone he cares for. We encourage them to visit a doctor since we aren’t licensed to give medical advice.