We received a distressing email from a reader recently who is suffering from a severe condition that (at least according to the reader) involves white worms or larvae coming out of her skin. In addition to plaguing the reader’s body, the small white worms or larvae are reportedly all over her house – on the furniture, curtains, carpet, and so on. We are told that the worm-like creatures are also all over the reader’s hair and clothes. The reader has tried desperately to get rid of the worms or larvae, going so far as to spray Lysol on everything in her house multiple times a day, and she has also sought medical help. However, she was “only” diagnosed with suffering from a delusional parasite. The reader has asked us if we have any idea how to get rid of the worms or larvae that have so dramatically compromised our reader’s quality of life.
Because of the complexity and nature of our reader’s message, we’ve decided to post the email below (with minor editing for formatting), which is exactly what we did when we published an article prompted by a similar reader question about worms that supposedly caused chest pain, staph infections, high blood pressure, seizures, pneumonia, lymphoma, an erratic heart beat, and other medical problems. Since we aren’t medical professionals, we can’t offer any medical advice apart from saying that our reader should talk to a doctor about medical problems or concerns. Thus, there is not really much we can do for our reader other than share her story, which we do in case other people have experienced similar problems. Perhaps someone out there can offer guidance or support to our reader, whose problems are obviously real, regardless of whether they are physical, mental or both.
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Here is the reader’s letter, in her own words:
“I am so out of my skin with what happened to me and no one seems to listen or help me. I went to 2 emergency rooms with a worm looking white in color and eggs real tiny white looks like dandruff but put them in water they turn black/brown sometimes. I was treated and diagnosed with dillusional parasitis by a doctor that didn’t test the worms/maggots that I brought in. I am so upset from this. These worm like larvae White are sticky and all over my house, clothes, ,furniture,, curtains, car, carpet and I even have them in my hair. I cannot get rid of anything. They just keep appearing. I have bombed my house, wormed my animals, Lysol everything 3-4 times a day, and they have come through my skin, ,as well in my body waste function. it is so outrageous and out of control I feel like I am getting no where. They have gotten in my hair but they are not lice cause I have had two treatments, and my hair has fallen out by the handfuls and I have just strands of hair left on my head.
“I need some information please/ They look like a thick half moon size fat maggot. Last august we pruned the apple tree and some plum trees that had never been pruned.. I am so upset and irritated as they bite my skin an.d I have small scar holes on my back as if I had acne. The littlest dandruff looking eggs fall off on to my clothes or anything and sometimes in the hair that has come out of my head is broken in several pieces of different lengths. They itch and sometimes look like a very small brown/black bug. I don’t know what to do but I am so very miserable and this has been going on for 7/8 months. No one else has gotten it and I have lost 15 lbs. and I eat all the time. I desperately need some information to know how to rid this? Thank You, I will be waiting for your reply. Also when they get on my clothes it is inside and out, sometimes a sticky larvae, and I have washed everything twice and dried everything they do not go away. They get on clothes and bury into lint as well. Thank you for your concern.”
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Clearly, something unfortunate is going on here, and all we can do is reiterate that our reader should get to a doctor. Even if her original experience wasn’t positive, she has nothing to lose by seeking medical help. Regardless of what she is suffering from, some care can be administered. We wish our reader the best of luck in dealing with her ailment.