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Old 04/18/10, 12:32 PM
 
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What worm that is found under human skin?

My 10 year old came to me hysterical cause she pulled a worm out of her skin. She has a oushy half inch tract where she said she she removed it from. Described as small white worm. She was panicked and killed it. I can't find any info about what this could be online. We have numerous animals and yes she has been known to run outside without shoes on. She is healthy chuncky active kid.

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Here is on; there are lots of them though.

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Old 04/18/10, 04:40 PM
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We call them worbels. They come from the bot fly. Around here, they are generally found on animals. My dh removed several from the neighbors bunnies.
We have also removed them from a cat.

But, when my son in law was a boy, he lived in Belize and he had one in his head. His brother had one on his leg. I don't know of anyone who has had one in my area. But I remember there was one article in the newspaper not too long ago about someone having one but I'm not sure if they just hadn't returned from a tropical country.

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I don't think it would be warbles. Those are the larvae of the bot fly; I've seen them, and wouldn't describe them as small. They also make pretty good-sized lumps under the skin before they hatch out. (I've only seen them on cattle, but I imagine it would be possible for humans to get them, too. Although, livestock generally ingest the bot-fly eggs by licking at their legs, where the flies have laid them.)

I do think that I'd be getting the daughter to a Dr. ASAP, though. If there was one worm, there may be more, and, while I hate to scare you, I've heard some horror stories about worms migrating to the eyes and brain, among other body parts.

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Old 04/18/10, 06:23 PM
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I remember as a kid at school, one of my friends telling me that she had worms living in her nose. She squeezed it and pimples came out. They did look a little like worms, but definitely weren't. I couldn't convince her they weren't worms.

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I agree with BJF. I don't think it is a Bot Fly Larvae. I have pulled multipule larvae from cats. They don't come out easily, and the wound has an infected smell and look. Not to mention that they are not little. They have hooks on one end and do not want to come out, I think it would be painfull too. I second the thought of going to the doctor.
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You will need to take her to the doctor for blood tests immediately now. Where there are worms in the skin, there are eggs in the blood circulating through the body.

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You will need to take her to the doctor for blood tests immediately now. Where there are worms in the skin, there are eggs in the blood circulating through the body.

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Ya, I'm with her!

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Old 04/18/10, 10:07 PM
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I. would. die.

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She is freaked out. I planned on taking her to the doc tomorrow about it. I had just never seen or heard of such a thing.

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Old 04/18/10, 10:30 PM
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Take her now! I had a cousin almost die from this, it was in his lung, and they found. More in brain, but if they hadn't caught in time, he wouldn't have made it! I'm serious, I'm a nurse, wake her up and take her to er!!!!

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FF4 - you never said what part of the body she found the worm. Was it in her leg or arm?

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On her hand. She has a 2 inch open wound on the palm from a fall with a horse, and the worm came out on the top side near her first knuckle.

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Could it have been a maggot? Flies will lay eggs in necrotic tissue. I'd make sure that you tell her than anytime she has anything unusual happening in or to her body that she must tell you ASAP.

I'm also a nurse and I agree that this is nothing to mess with. You have no idea what it is and if it's systemic or not. You certainly don't want anything migrating anywhere else.

How large was the worm? Color? Is there a tract from which this worm came?

By the way, you're making my head itch.
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i will second the ewwwwwww

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Old 04/19/10, 10:11 AM
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Let us know how she's doing, okay?

Poor kid. I'd have freaked and smooshed it with a rock, and then smooshed it some more.

Ugh.

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Maybe scabies. She should see the doc as soon as possible.

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Scabies are a type of mite, they are very tiny and cause a lot of itching. I don't think they could be it & I agree that the cuterebra (warble, bot larvae) would be very obvious & they are terribly difficult to get out - they create a large lump with a hole for their breathing apparatus... saw more than a few as a vet assistant. I don't think it would be one of those.

Definitely take her to the doctor.

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Old 04/19/10, 11:26 AM
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Holy cow! I can completely understand her freaking out!

I agree with the others...get her to a doc.

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I would not take the time to post on here but get her to the ER as soon as possible!! It could be lifethreatening! I will send you money if you need it to pay for the ER. Please let us know what you find out and prayers sent for you.

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