“I have had a scalp and hair problem for a bit now” begins this reader in her submission concerning the “pod-like things” she has been finding in her hair. Our reader asks for our advice on the issue, and wonders if she should consult a specialist.
This problem started when our reader tried to pop what she assumed to be a blackhead. What made this blackhead different was that it “seemed to move” and our reader “couldn’t get it”. Since then, the blackhead, “or mound”, has grown in size. At first, it was the size of a dime, then it grew to a quarter, and lastly to a fifty-cent coin. As a result, our reader’s scalp has felt very dry and her hair has become “crispy” and “crunchy”. She specifies that she found the pod-like organisms “behind those crumbled hair clusters”. Likewise, she reports that her hair does not feel like her own; when she brushes it out, it either resembles “synthetic” “bluish-black” hair, which “stands erect on its own”, or it is a transparent white color. The only time her scalp and hair feel normal is after she wrings out her hair and it stops feeling “feeling squishy or shooting out water droplets”.
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Now, our reader reports being told to consult a dermatologist, but because of the ongoing pandemic, she has not done so. Regardless, we agree with our reader that she should see a specialist. However, instead of seeing a dermatologist, we instead recommend consulting a medical parasitologist, which is a physician who specializes in parasitic infections. We are not saying that this is definitely a parasite, but since our reader thinks her issue may be related to the presence of an organism, then a parasitologist is the best person to go to. Having said that, what we can recommend 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.
To conclude, we definitely think our reader should consult a specialist, and particularly a parasite specialist, as they will be able to diagnose and treat her problem. We hope this article answered her question, and we wish her the very best!
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