A woman contacted us asking if we could identify the type of worms that have been living in her skin. Our reader resides in Victoria, Australia and wonders if she has more than one thing living in her house. She also states that she has, in fact, been to see a doctor, who looked at her “stupid”.
First of all, we wish to warn our other readers that the following imagery in this article may prove to be somewhat grueling for sensitive viewers, as there will be pictures of blood and other organic matter. Secondly, it is vital that we point out that we will not be able to provide an identification of the worms seeing as our reader’s situation is one that is purely of a medical nature. Thus, giving an identification would be tantamount to giving a diagnosis, which we are not qualified to do seeing as we are not medical professionals. Thirdly, we should also point out that it is unfortunately not uncommon for doctors to turn away patients who come to them for parasitic infestations. Although their condescending treatment is always unjustified, a regular doctor’s inability to diagnose and provide treatment for such infestations comes as a result of their lack of training in that field of expertise.
Ergo, we recommend instead seeking out someone who actually specializes in that area, and such doctors do exist and will be much more qualified in providing the help our reader needs. To find such a person, our reader can simply Google ‘infectious disease physician (name of her city)’ or ‘travel disease doctor (name of her city)’. Additionally, in order to help any doctor identify the parasite, it might be worth considering taking a sample of the worms to the doctor. If our reader wishes to go the extra mile, and feels she has the patience to do so (depending on the state of her health, of course), she could even take a sample of the worms to her local county extension office or to the entomology department at a nearby university to get the worms identified prior to visiting a physician. However, an infectious disease physician should be qualified enough to provide everything our reader needs, so this might not be necessary.
To conclude, as we are not medical professionals, we are unfortunately unable to identify the worms that have been living in our reader’s skin, nor if there are more than one species living in her house. Regardless, we hope that the information we have provided can point our reader in the right direction so she can find the help she needs soon.