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Subject: fuzz ball with eyes
Location: new mexico
August 23, 2016 4:30 am
Hello, I have been plagued with the critters for several years and I would like to know what they are.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMR-AN_GneI&index=5&list=PLZyqnm4XHew6-SwAZlrTYda7Y3ZLp2tRq
Signature: janice bisset

Dust Bunny, we believe

Dust Bunny, we believe

Dear Janice,
There is not much detail in your image, which has a focus problem, so we cannot be certain, but we believe this is a Dust Bunny.  According to the Huffington Post:  “Deep cleaning your home can be emotional. There are feelings, and then there’s procrastination and somewhere, before you reach the finish line (or your wit’s end), there are questions. Like, what are those wads of dust that have made a home of their own underneath your sofa?”  The Huffington Post also provides this information:  “Dust bunnies are made of many things… …Including dead skin, hair, particles of fiber, paper and feathers, and lint from textiles.  Dust bunnies are held together with static electricity.  And in homes with many pets or lots of people with shedding hair, they can get large as they collect under furniture such as beds and sofas.  They can be harmful to those with allergy or respiratory issues.  According the Wilson, the danger lies in dust bunnies’ ability to harbor dust mites which can trigger an asthmatic or allergic reaction.  To ward off these potential allergy triggers, Wilson recommends moving your furniture once or twice a year as though you are moving out and cleaning underneath to ensure that the surfaces do not build up debris. As an extra measure of cleanliness, use a HEPA filtered vacuum so the dust does not blow back into the room, she says.”  The youtube link you provided is to a private video.

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Subject: what kind of bug is this?
Location: Glasgow Kentucky
August 7, 2016 9:29 pm
PLEASE in GOD’S name HELP ME!!! These things are eating me alive. They are all over our house inside and out. Not sure if it’s different kinds or just stages they’re in. I’m sending pictures however, they are the best I could do. I have bites allll over, especially on my legs , arms…. they’re now other parts of my body. They’re also inside me, yes, inside….I blew one out of my nose and it almost looks like a stick flea…I really don’t know what it is. My doctor told me it was bed bugs, however, exterminator said we have NO signs of bed bugs…
They literally killing me…. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!!
Signature: DESPERATE

Evidence of Biting Things

Evidence of Biting Things

Evidence of Biting Things

Evidence of Biting Things

August 7, 2016 9:46 pm
It’s me, Desperate, again….have more photos regarding my infestation….I’m PRAYING FERVENTLY AND RELENTLESSLY that you can help me! These are some more pictures of whatever it is and then I will send you pictures of my bites… thank you for taking the time to read this!
Signature: DESPERATE

Evidence of Biting Things

Evidence of Biting Things

Evidence of Biting Things

Evidence of Biting Things

Evidence of Biting Things

Evidence of Biting Things

Dear DESPERATE,
We are unable to help you.  We are an insect (and bug) identification site and we do not see any bugs in your numerous images.  If your doctor is unable to help you, we would suggest you try a different doctor or a different type of doctor.  With regards to invoking God and prayer, we would suggest a spiritual advisor.  We do not have the necessary credentials to diagnose or counsel you regarding your situation.  Our training is in photography, but you have not requested assistance on taking better photographs.  We help folks identify insects because of our own love for the lower beasts and not because we have the scholarly training to identify them.  We do have several postings on our site that are similar to yours, including Unknown Parasite and Real? or Delusory Parasitosis? and both postings and other similar postings on our site have a robust network of commenters who share both experiences and treatments, but What’s That Bug? takes no responsibility for the mental or bodily harm done by any of those recommend treatments.  Good luck seeking the help you deserve and beware of frauds on the internet.

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Subject: Body eating spiders
Website:
April 3, 2016 11:21 pm
Good Day,  I have a question that has been bothering me for some time now.  I have been hijacked by a spider.  I have a colostomy bag and I have these things come out in it all the time.   Dr.s just think I am crazy.  but every time I put a new bag on out comes a very thin clear looking thread one after another.  Then out comes spiders.  At first a few years ago they were very tiny.    Could hardly make them out.  But the webbing was there all over my ileostomy.  It gets covered up really fast after I take my bag off.             It’s getting to the point they are in my eyes, my hair, under my nails, in my ears,  you get the picture.  I can’t say anything to any one any more because they already think I am crazy.  They are a light brown\tan color all over.  Fast.  I can put a plastic bag up to my ileostomy and it will fill up with all kinds of webbs it’s weird.   I hate the way it feels.  I am loosing energy and weight.  But my belly is getting big.  Full of webbs  I guess.  This is so nastty,  I need to figure out what on earth these critters are and get rid of them once and for all.  I am hoping you could shed some light on this I am at the end of my rope.  I am tired of this.   I know if something does not happen soon I will die from these critters.  All because someone did not look under a microscope like they should have done in the  first place.  This would have taken care of .
Thank you for your time,
Sincerely,
Signature: Jasmin

Dear Jasmin,
We are not able to help you with your problem which should be handled by health care specialists.

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Subject: A monster inside me
Location: Minneapolis
March 24, 2016 5:29 am
I have been working in my basement, in my garage and installed an egress window about 5 feet deep since July. In September am elm tree infested with insects (leaves a sticky substance on cars) fell in my backyard after a rainstorm. I cut it using chainsaw and axe. A few days after i noticed what seemed like dust particles floating in my eyes and also had noticeable bite marks /welts around my ears and eyes. I couldn’t figure out what was going on and had my house inspected by several exterminators but couldn’t find it. One was even bitten and described it exactly like i do, but couldn’t do anything without a sample. I figured out the wooly aphids were everywhere inside and outside because of the tree, but the pros assured me they can’t bite and wouldn’t do what was happening to me. After the tree fell, i had my earlobe randomly start bleeding with little brown pods embedded in it. Barely the size of grain of sand. I tried to remove them but it was too hard to get, i washed thoroughly. I felt them popping thru my skin throughout the days and began to notice sores appearing randomly over my body. Over the following months i lost 35lbs, developed sores on face, eyebrows, nose , lips and ears. Which all bled without touching them. I have taken baths and the tub looks like white confetti/cotton specs were thrown about. I would use oils and vinegars and watch this white matter exfoliate from my skin. By winter this spread all over my body, nothing like chicken pox but bumps, bruises or blotches and a new symptom. Tiny flies/dust like particles were in and on my skin. All over, not just my head. By this point I’ve been to 5 different Dr’s all saying the same thing and it’s in my head. Even though one Dr swatted at a small swarm of whatever this is. Insecticides, tea tree oils and others don’t eradicate this problem but slow down the activity a little. My joints ache, muscles are sore and I eat roughly 5000 calories/day and haven’t gained a pound back. I go tanning to try and burn off the miniscule insects embedded and also shower at least twice/day. My wife has had a few things but nothing like what I’ve experienced. I also notice gelatinous masses in my stool and photographed to show my Dr. He had a sample tested and the results were inconclusive. White floating specs also covers the surface much like in the tub but this usually comes from air bubbles rising up from the feces and/or my skin. My Dr won’t test anymore samples and despite having seen photos , samples, swatted and witnessed a subcutaneous worm extract itself. I can’t afford anymore Dr’s at this point. I can’t sleep, concentrat, experience memory loss and tasks take twice as long if not longer. I can’t begin to tell you how much pain and suffering this has caused. I just want some answers or possibilities of what is eating me alive. I can explain or answer questions if need be. Thanks
Signature: Minnesota Slims

Evidence of Monster Inside

Evidence of Monster Inside

Dear Minnesota Slims,
We empathize with your situation, but we do not have the necessary qualifications to provide you with a diagnosis.  We do have a robust network of readers who routinely comment to postings of Internal Parasites, and they appear to derive comfort from one another.

Evidence of Monster Inside

Evidence of Monster Inside

Thanks for checking, basically just wanted to know if anyone on staff was familiar with any other cases that were similar so I could do something, anything to better the quality of my life. Thanks again

Evidence of Monster Inside

Evidence of Monster Inside

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Subject: A tiny bug that bites and moves onthe body
Location: Arequipa, Peru (South America)
March 8, 2016 9:27 pm
Good Evening,
I am fighting with a tiny bugs that bites and moves on all ove my body but moves more on the lower part and that is irritating, they more active at night I cleaned everything many times in detail even put my home stuff like furniturer, clothes, bed sheets, blankets, carpets etc. in sunlight almost for a week and washed they properly but nothing.
I live with my wife son and sister but most interesting thing is they dont feel anything e even i have shown them many times alive and moving and have a clear video where we can see them moving in wash bason wash bason because its white and I wanted them to see them clearly with a better plain background.
Here I am attaching a photo for the reference and I really want to know what is that bug.
Thanks and Kind Regards
Shaiman
Signature: Micro Bug biting

Elongate Bodied Springtail, we believe

Elongate Bodied Springtail, we believe

Dear Shaiman,
Though the quality of your image is not ideal, we believe this is an Elongate Bodied Springtail.  Based on information we have read, they are considered benign and they do not bite, however, we do have a robust network of commenters on our site regarding a posting Unknown Parasites, and at least one commenter claims that Springtails in the order Collembola are the source of the problem.  Finally, according to Headlice.org: “A 1955 report to the medical literature, apparently overlooked or ignored, sheds new light on the problem and the National Pediculosis Association’s (NPA) efforts to alert the medical community and public health officials to the ability of Collembola to infest or colonize humans.”

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Subject: Parasite in stool
Location: USA, Egypt, Germany
March 1, 2016 12:50 pm
Hello! I’m hoping you can help me and see what this parasite is. It is white when exposed to air and dries. It is hard, almost like a twig, sometimes with a whip tail on the back and almost looks segmented but doesn’t appear to be the same as a tapeworm. Some sections of it splinters off, possibly male and female sexual productive pieces within the same worm. I’m not sure. It was found in human feces by the dozens. It can be roughly half inch long or longer. It does seem to break apart somewhat easily. I lived in Egypt for a year coming back about 7 months ago to the USA. It could have been caught at either location. Also, spent a night in Germany while traveling between. Thank you so much!
Signature: SarahD

"Worm" in Stool Sample

“Worm” in Stool Sample

Dear SarahD,
We do not have the necessary credentials to diagnose human parasites nor diseases, and we would urge you to see a professional for a diagnosis.  We cannot tell is this is an organism or if it is roughage.

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