“I have been ill for two years” says this reader, who started noticing worms in her faeces in December 2019. Since then, she has started expelling “little red/brown” things as well as worms through her throat, and she asks that we help identify the worms for her.
According to our reader, she went to visit an infectious disease doctor, who has seen these photographs, and determined that she would need to take a medicine called praziquantel, a prescription anti-worm medication. It is not clear whether or not the worms she has been expelling from her throat are the same ones that she found in her faeces two years ago, and we were not informed as to whether or not the photographs were from December 2019 or were taken presently. However, the photos that exhibit the aforementioned “little red/brown things” (see below) are likely from a recent time, since these were specific to the symptoms she has been experiencing now.
Now, with regard to identifying the worms, this is unfortunately not something we are capable of doing. This is because this is a situation that is medical in nature. As we are not medical professionals, this is not something we are qualified to help our reader with. In fact, giving an identification would be tantamount to providing a diagnosis. What we can do is give some advice as to where our reader can go for help.
It is good that she has already consulted an infectious disease doctor, as this is usually what we recommend doing when one of our readers is faced with a parasite. If our reader had a good experience with this doctor, we recommend that she goes back to the doctor she consulted with and gets another diagnosis and treatment. If not, there are other infectious disease doctors that could help our reader. For example, one of our other readers wrote to us and informed us about Dr. Vipul Savaliya, an infectious disease physician and founder of Infectious Disease Care (“IDCare”). Upon communicating with him, he has expressed his sympathy for all who are suffering from a parasitic infection and offers his help to anyone in need. And although he is based in North Carolina, he is open to online consultations as well, meaning you can be anywhere in the world and consult with an infectious disease doctor!
If not Dr. Savaliya, our reader also has the option of trying to find a different infectious disease doctor that she could potentially consult with in person. To find one, she can simply do a Google search for ‘infectious disease physician (name of her closest big city)’ or ‘travel disease doctor (name of her closest big city.’ Either way, we recommend that our reader not only brings these photographs to her consultation, but also that she brings samples of the worms (if possible; it depends on her circumstances, as well as if she decides to do an online or in-person consultation).
To conclude, although we are not qualified to directly help our reader with her problem and identify the worms that have been bothering her, we hope that the suggestions we did give will be of some help. We also hope that any of our other readers who have seen these photographs and heard this reader’s story, and potentially identify with it, now know where they might go for some help. We wish the best of luck to our reader and she may be free of parasites soon.