“Can you identify this bug?” asks this reader in his submission regarding the yellow-green creature pictured below. “I have been having a problem with parasites and no one believes me, so I bought an over-the-counter anti-parasitic medication and then I felt this crawling from under my shirt.” Now, unfortunately the creature in the picture is out of focus, and so it is impossible for us to make out the details of its physical characteristics. Likewise, our reader sent in multiple similar images, but in all of those, the creature was also blurry.
Regardless, there is another, more important reason, why we will not be able to identify this organism, and that is because of our reader’s situation with parasites. Given that he has explicitly stated he has been dealing with a parasitic infection, and that he infers this creature might be connected to it, we cannot identify this organism. The reason for this is that a parasitic infection is always a medical issue, which is apparent given that our reader took medication for it. And, since we are not medical professionals, we are neither qualified nor legally able to provide assistance in these situations: providing an identification of a potentially parasitic organism would be tantamount to providing a diagnosis.
With that said, what we can do is point our reader in the direction of some medical professionals who are qualified to diagnose and treat parasitic infections. We recommend that our reader consult a specialist, namely a medical parasitologist. Unlike most primary care doctors and ER doctors, medical parasitologists receive special training to deal with these sorts of issues.
To find a medical parasitologist, our reader can 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.com.
In conclusion, we are unfortunately not qualified or legally able to identify the organism our reader is asking about. He should instead consult a medical professional about this issue, and we suggest that he consult a medical parasitologist. We wish we could help more, but we hope that the resources listed above prove beneficial to our reader. We wish him the very best!
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