When you have been writing about insects for as long as we have been, it is only natural that your readers will write to you about insects (real or imagined) that they have found during their bowel movement.
While this topic sounds gross, for some, it can be very serious and literally a matter of life and death.
Here are some emails that we have received from our readers who saw something like an insect in their bowel movement. Please let us know in the comments section, what you think.
We have also received emails where people have found a centipede in their stools. They are compiled separately.
Letter 1 – Parasite or Roughage in Bowel Movement???
Subject: What type of parasite?
Location: Intestines/ toilet
June 3, 2014 8:23 am
I have been in pain for 3 months with over 10 visits to doctors and still no awnsers. Could this be parasite? I appreciate your time.
Our editorial staff doesn’t even have the necessary qualifications to work in the field of entomology, much less in the health fields. We cannot comment on the matter you have discovered in your stool sample, and we would urge you to take that sample to a medical professional.
Letter 2 – Things passed during bowel movement
Geographic location of the bug: USA, Wisconsin
Time: 11:31 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: During a bowel movement two Identical (things) were passed. They look to have come open as you can see the insides. I searched here last month after I found similar photos of the sesame seeds around my bed and house. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Drophammer77
How you want your letter signed: Drophammer77
We do not recognize what you passed during your bowel movement. We are not qualified to give medical diagnoses. If you suspect you have internal parasites, you should seek the advice of a medical professional.
Letter 3 – Alleged Internal Parasite from Spain
Subject: Suspected parasite
December 14, 2015 3:55 pm
Hello, can you help me find the name of this strange looking thing in my 5yr olds stools? He’s had strong stomach pain since November 28 and pediatrician seems to think its just roughage and that he just has oxymorons. It measures about 1cm or more, has a forked tail and it seems to have 2 teeth like structures at the front. He’s been treated with lomper but stomach pain persists still today. Now he’s also getting itchy pimple like button with center. Not sure if that’s just chicken pox or associated with that parasite. My husband travelled about month ago to Eritrea. Not sure if has any connection or if this thing is local.
Grateful for any info you can provide me with.
Signature: Worried mom
Dear Worried Mom,
We empathize with your situation, but we haven’t the medical credentials to diagnose this alleged internal parasite. While we refrain from providing any medical advice in similar situations, we have a robust community of sufferers who freely share home remedies. We must clarify that we accept no responsibility for side effects of ingesting kerosene or any other cures that are provided in our comment section.