In a follow up to a previous article we wrote on a woman facing infections of various parasites, the same woman writes to us again to update us on her condition and diagnosis. Along with her update, she proves several more images that she hopes “can help someone.”
For those of our readers who did not read the previous article, our reader wrote to us about multiple parasitic organisms that were infecting her home. From scab-like bugs to hair-like worms, this reader was dealing with what seemed to be a horde of various parasite species. Since writing her first submission, our reader has discovered that she has morgellons disease, an uncommon disorder that entails having fibers embedded in and under one’s skin. These fibers cause sensations of stinging, biting, or bugs crawling underneath one’s skin and are often excreted through sores.
“Since the last article,” our reader has “literally found every fiber known to man” on, in or around her. “I wasn’t crazy,” she states, a feeling which we know many who deal with this skin condition or suffer from parasites share. Our reader proceeded to go on Vermox (a brand of Mebendazole, which is a general medication used to treat parasite infections) to eliminate flatworms and other parasites. In response to a claim she made in her first submission, about having scab-like worms on her body, our reader states that these turned out to be ticks. To conclude her submission, our reader thanks us for publishing her story, and says that she appreciates our service. To that we want to thank our reader herself, as her story (and the many photographs she has shared) has helped others in identifying their own medical issues and in not feeling alone.
To any of our other readers who may recognize any of the organisms/fibers photographed for this article or the older one linked above, we urge you to seek medical help if these are coming from you as well. Morgellons disease is serious, as are parasitic infections of any kind, and one’s health is of utmost importance. There are several options for seeking medical treatment for a suspected parasitic infection or skin condition. What we can recommend to our readers is doing one or more of the following:
1) Search for a medical parasitologist in your 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 your closest big city)” or “tropical medicine specialist (name of your closest big city)”. 3) Get in touch with Dr. Omar Amin at the Parasitology Center at https://www.parasitetesting. 4) Contact Dr. Vipul Savaliya of Infectious Disease Care (“IDCare”) at idcarepa.com.
In conclusion, we want to thank our reader for getting back in touch with us after her first submission. It is always a pleasure to hear back from a reader after their story has been covered, and it is especially great to hear from someone who may have been battling parasites or some other health problem and has now sought treatment. We sincerely hope that our reader is doing better and wish her good health!