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Subject: unknown stool parasite
Location: CHicago
September 1, 2016 11:04 am
I am producing what may be (by usage of only hand lens) are Charcot-Leyden crystals, my reservation is that I believe I remember them much more uniform in shape. If I remember from my education in prehistoric times and if they are in the stool – they are associated with eosinophil breakdown in feces as a consequence of parasitic disease.
They appear very dark rust colored when cleaned up. I remember when stained in the lab with trichrome (sp? its been a long time) fecal preparation they turned bright red.
Literally hundreds are evacuating from me – and because of their shape are quite painful. Please assist
Signature: E Miller

Stool Sample Findings

Stool Sample Findings

Dear E Miller,
We regret to inform you that we do not have the necessary qualifications to identify your findings, and we would urge you to see a specialist in internal parasites or a gastrointestinal specialist.

Things Found in Stool Sample

Things Found in Stool Sample

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Subject: RE: centipede in stool??
Location: Houston, TX
September 1, 2016 8:10 am
Hi, I am hoping that you can give me some insight into this matter. My husband has had diarrhea for about a week now. He went to the doctor, and we are waiting for results from his stool sample. This morning, he had an accident in his pants, and we found this worm that doesn’t resemble any of the more common intestinal parasites. I searched the internet, and found a post from Feb. 2013 titled “Can Centipedes really crawl up your butt??” The culprit resembles the picture in the post, so I am wondering what the final findings were. Thanks.
Signature: concerned wife

Centipede found in husband's messy underwear

Centipede found in husband’s messy pants.

Dear concerned wife,
We invested much research into the posting you cited:  Can Centipedes really crawl up your butt??  What we find troubling about your submission is that your Centipede does not look like a Soil Centipede, the group that was the subject of all our research as well as other strange reports we have received including Soil Centipede presumably passed during bowel movement and Soil Centipede found in Bath WaterBugGuide also has a submission of a Soil Centipede found in a human stool sample.  Soil Centipedes are described on BugGuide as being:  “Slender, rather sluggish eyeless centipedes that have 27 to 191 pairs (the number of leg pairs is always odd) of legs and 14-segmented antennae. They burrow in the substrate in a manner similar to earthworms, by elongating and contracting their bodies.”  If our calculations are correct, your Centipede has fewer than 21 pairs of legs, so it is NOT a Soil Centipede.  Additionally, your Centipede does not appear like it has been in a human gastrointestinal tract.  Your Centipede appears like it might be in the genus
Cryptops, based on this imaged of Crytops hortensis which is posted to BugGuide and appears to have the same number of legs as your individual.  We also have a posting on our site of a Tiger Centipede found in a young lady’s panties, and it was definitely NOT a parasite.  We suspect it just sought out a warm dark place, which is what we are inclined to believe regarding the Centipede you found.  We would urge you to keep the specimen and take it to the doctor conducting the stool sample, but again, we are inclined to believe the two instances are a coincidence and that your husband’s diarrhea is not related to the discovery of the Centipede in his dirtied pants.  Please keep us posted if there are additional developments or questions.

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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.

https://youtu.be/Slczo3Q-Gxk
thank you for your response—I made the video public and I will keep it that way for a few days. if you get a chance to watch it, notice the two antenna (?) and the way one of the ?appendages moves. see the two eyes?

Ed. Note:  The only movement we can perceive in the video is the entire “Fuzz Ball with Eyes” being moved by tweezers.  We do admit that some insects, including the Masked Hunter and certain Lacewing Larvae use debris as camouflage, but this does not appear to be either of those.

ok, thank you.

Hi daniel, here is another pic of the same type of “fuzz bug” after I put it alcohol. These things are very bad for my breathing so if I see them I try to make them stop mutiplying

Fuzz Ball in Alcohol

Fuzz Ball in Alcohol

Hi again Jessica,
Thank you for providing another image, but we still can’t make any specific identification.  There does appear to be something visible, but we are not sure what.  You might want to do some research on Dust Mites.

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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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