“Is this a fluke?” asks this reader in Morriston, Florida, referring to the translucent, yellow-green organism pictured below. She states that the organism was “difficult to get off my finger and when I did he left a stain.”
For context, flukes are a type of flatworm that are parasitic, and can be incredibly dangerous to humans and animals alike. Usually, flukes take two hosts within their lifetime, an intermediate host (usually a snail), and then an invertebrate (such as a human).
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Since flukes are parasitic, situations in which readers think they have found such a creature become potentially medical in nature. As such, we are unfortunately not qualified to answer our reader’s question. To do so would be to provide a medical diagnosis, and we are not medical professionals.
That said, we can point our reader in the direction of some people who are qualified to answer this question, and we recommend that she consult them about this matter instead. In particular, we think she may want to speak with a medical parasitologist, which is a physician that specializes in the field of parasitic organisms, such as flukes. They will be better equipped to answer this question, and provide any treatment (should it be necessary).
So, what we can recommend is that our reader do one or more of the following:
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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.
We should note that both Dr. Amin and Dr. Savaliya are available for online consultation, so our reader does not need to be in the vicinity of their physical offices to get help!
In conclusion, we are unfortunately not qualified to answer our reader’s question concerning the potential fluke she found on her finger. We hope that this article nonetheless proves helpful, and we hope that she is able to consult with a medical parasitologist, and get the answer she seeks, soon. We wish her the very best.