“PLEASE HELP ME” begins this reader in her submission, in which she details a “form of infestation” she has been dealing with for three months. Our reader has been to see multiple medical professionals with no luck in treating what she suspects to be the real problem, and she asks for our help in identifying what that problem may be.
First off, we want to provide a quick viewer discretion to the rest of our readers; explicit images of unidentified organisms and the inside of a mouth will be shown. Secondly, it is imperative that we state from the get-go that we will unfortunately not be able to fulfill our reader’s request and identify whatever potential organisms may be plaguing her. This is because providing an identification of a problem that is clearly medical in nature would be the equivalent of providing a diagnosis, and as we are not medical professionals, we are not qualified to do this. Doing so could result in giving misleading information and would likely do more harm than good. What we can do is point our reader in the right direction and give her some new options as to where she can go for proper help, and where she can get concrete answers on the source of her problem.
That said, we think it important to first detail the context our reader provided, so that if any of our other readers identify with her problems, then they too might benefit from the information in this article. Our reader states that her dilemma started with a rash on her thighs that “visually resembled scabies”, though the rash did not itch like a scabies bite would. Following that, the rash began to spread to her stomach, chest, arms and then her face. Her symptoms include: itchiness, crawling sensations, headaches, unexplained bruising, muscle and joint pain, stomach problems, shortness of breath, sore throat, dry cough, blurry eyesight and pain in her eyes. Then, “the rash began to take on some sort of pattern,” says our reader, who consequently began to see “things crawling under [her] skin, leaving trails.” She went to the ER three different times and was treated with scabies cream four times. She also treated her home for scabies. Unfortunately, none of the medication worked, so our reader went to her doctor who just gave her more scabies medication, which she used to treat her problem twice more. Still, it did not help. After this, our reader began to cough up “specks of things” and began finding “worm-like things” in her urine and feces. “Fluke-looking things” also began coming up her throat every time she ate, and it feels as though something is in her throat at all times. “They even get between my teeth”, she reports. She then went to see a dermatologist, who diagnosed her with Neuropathic itch and dismissed the idea that she may be infested with something.
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Now, it is our understanding that our reader does indeed think she is infested with some type of organism(s), given that she mentioned “fluke-looking things” and “worm-like things” coming from her body. For that reason, we suggest that our reader consult an infectious disease physician. The thing with ER doctors and GPs is that, more often than not, they have not received training in parasitology, and so they are not equipped to deal with this sort of issue and do not know how to identify it either. Contrarily, an infectious disease physician specializes in this field and will be able to help with this sort of problem. What we can recommend is that our reader do one or more of the following: 1) Search for a medical parasitologist in their 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. 4) Contact Dr. Vipul Savaliya of Infectious Disease Care (“IDCare”) at idcarepa.com.
To conclude, we hope that our reader can make use of the resources listed above and that she gets the help she requires as soon as possible. We apologize for our inability to help in more direct ways, but as we are not qualified to do so, this is the best help that we can offer. We wish our reader the best of luck and wish her well.