“I was told I have head lice” says this reader, who sends in multifarious images of organisms, her hair and what appear to be wounds on her skin. Our reader asks us for help, and states that she has “no insurance.”
We are not told who told our reader she had head lice, so whether this was a diagnosis provided by a doctor or a guess given by a friend, we cannot say. Regardless, we would not be able to confirm the validity of this statement, as we ourselves are not medical professionals.
Since this situation is clearly medical in nature, it requires someone who is a qualified medical professional to identify the organisms that are bothering our reader.
She has taken ten treatments to try to solve this issue, two of which have been treatments of kerosene, and the rest of which are “many other treatments”. We are not entirely sure if she means to write kerosene, which is not a medication, but in fact the flammable liquid found in gas lamps. If she is applying kerosene, then we urge our reader to check with her doctor to make sure that this is the correct treatment she should be taking.
“Whatever I have, my dog has to” states our reader. “I have about 1000 photos. I have photos of my skin, head, poop, spit” and “snot out of my nose” she reports.
While we cannot identify the organisms that our reader is concerned about, we will say that lice are only external parasites, so if our reader is finding organisms in her faeces, mucus and snot, then she really needs to consult a medical professional.
We understand that this may seem like an impossibility, financially speaking, considering that our reader does not have insurance, and while we cannot tell our reader to get insured, we will say that whatever the cost of healthcare, it does not amount to the cost of one’s health, or potentially one’s life.
It is not our intention to scare our reader, but we only want to stress how important it is that one consults a medical professional as soon as possible if they suspect they are infested by some type of organism. Parasitic infections can become really serious and have grave consequences on one’s health and life.
Now, since primary care doctors and ER doctors do not receive training in the field of parasitology, we instead recommend that our reader contact a medical parasitologist. What we can suggest is that our reader do one or more of the following:
1) Search for a medical parasitologist in her area 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 the closest big city)” or “tropical medicine specialist (name of the 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.
In conclusion, we cannot confirm or deny the identification of these organisms as head lice. We also cannot provide alternative identifications, and for this we are sorry. Nonetheless, we hope that the information that is provided in this article comes to use and that our reader is able to get medical advice and potentially treatment soon. We wish her the best, and welcome any health updates she can give us once she has consulted a physician.
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