A woman contacted us who has been suffering from a parasite infestation. According to our reader, and the photographs provided, the parasites resemble toilet paper, and have been noticed to exit our reader’s body after taking a shower or bath.
Due to the photographs being graphic and exhibiting the reader themselves, we are not able to share them online. However, the photo we did attach appears to be of the same organism, but was sent in from another reader. This one does not include the reader, so we are using it for the sake of the first reader’s privacy. In this new photograph, we can see a two pink and yellow masses, one bigger than the other. The bigger one, which is more yellow in color, seems to be curled up on itself, and both organisms seem to be attached to this white, flat matter which is what resembles toilet paper.
Furthermore, although we could not provide the actual photographs our first reader sent in, we can still provide some context on them. The original photographs exhibited the parasites themselves, as well as the damage they caused our unfortunate reader’s body. Along with these photographs, our reader provided a great deal of context, which we are grateful for. However, before we get into any of that, it is paramount that we address the fact that we will not be able to provide an identification of the parasites. This is because we are not medical professionals, and to give an identification of a parasite would be equivalent to providing a diagnosis.
It is our opinion that our reader needs to seek medical help immediately. We would advise seeking out both an infectious disease specialist and a travel disease doctor so that our reader can double her chances of finding a doctor that would suit her needs and that could provide the proper treatment required. In order to find these medical professionals, our reader can simply do a search on the internet for ‘infectious disease specialist (name of her city, or closest big city)’ and ‘travel disease doctor (name of her city, or closest big city)’. Additionally, if our reader is able to bring samples of the parasites to these physicians, then that would most definitely aid the doctors in identifying the parasites.
Now, we still think it would be important for us to share some of the context provided by our reader in the case that any of our other readers are suffering a similar problem. Naturally, regardless what parasite one has, our advice would always be the same, which would be to consult a medical professional. Once something concerns one’s health, it is vital one gets to a physician immediately. You cannot put a price tag on someone’s health or life. Lastly, before we get into the story of our reader, we want to preface by warning our other readers that even the descriptions may be somewhat graphic.
While our reader is not sure how the larger of the parasites exit her body, she says that the smaller exit through ‘little slits’ in her skin on her feet, which are left wet with several marks. She also reports that the parasites, which she later refers to as ‘worms’, are in her toes, fingers, ‘eyes, face, mouth, teeth, arms, legs, belly, etc.’ She can feel and see the movement of the creatures as they ‘travel’ under her skin. Furthermore, she has found ’round wounds that won’t completely heal’ that ‘have a parasite in the center’, and has also experienced skin discoloration. Our reader was severely bitten by midges weeks prior to sending her query to us, but is not sure if they would have transferred the parasites or not. We can confirm that midges are able to transfer parasites, but obviously, just as our reader is not sure, we cannot be sure that this is the case either. Lastly, she adds that her friends have refused to drive her to the doctor as they believe that the parasites actually are just toilet paper, meanwhile our reader continues to suffer from pain and ‘unsightly skin damage.’
To conclude, we cannot stress enough how important it is that our reader consults an infectious disease physician and a travel disease doctor. We hope that she is able to make contact with capable physicians and get a proper diagnosis and treatment soon. If any of our other readers have recommendations for physicians specializing in parasitic infestations, please leave their names and contact information in the comments below. It would be much appreciated.