I think I have worms in my head
May 14, 2011 1:30 PM Subscribe
I think my scalp is infested with nematodes. What do I do?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (22 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I know I sound like a crazy person, but this is freaking me out. I have a raised itchy and slightly painful bump on my scalp, about an inch across. I plucked a hair out, and it looked vaguely fuzzy. I thought I might have a fungus, so looked at it under a microsope at 50x. There are long tendriley things coming out of it and I swear they are moving. My first thought is that the air currents were making them move about (I don't have a cover slip), but I actually saw one emerge from the side of the hair root. This is disgusting.
I know. Occams razor, this is probably some totally normal comensurate critter that lives in everybody's hair follicles, or it's some artifact that I am misinterpreting. But I am freaking out, because it looks a hell of a lot like pelodera strongyloides, and now I think I have nematodes living in my scalp. I have an appointment with a dermatologist for Friday, but I am freaking out, and want to see a doctor ASAP.
1. Should I see a dermatologist or an infectious diseases specialist? Both are near my house and open at 8am on Monday.
2. How do I calm down and get on with it when I think I have things living in my head?