A woman observed something is crawling in her face and decided to take selfies to monitor the unusual appearance. The uncommon guest was a roving parasitic worm that the woman got from a mosquito bite while she was abroad on vacation, according to the medical team that removed the parasite.
The doctors even carried out a study on this case and issued a report in the New England Journal of Medicine.
According to the report, the 32-year-old woman visited an ophthalmologist soon after she started to have itches and observed weird burning bumps moving around her face. She had the brilliant idea to monitor her symptoms and the bizarre moving bumps by taking selfies.
In the first day, a bump popped up right below her right eye, but, on the sixth day, it moved to the left eye. About to weeks later, the parasitic worm moved to the women’s upper lip.
The parasitic worm crawling in the woman’s face was a Dirofilaria repens
Dirofilaria repens is not original from North and South America but is commonly found in Europe and Asia, especially. According to the doctors, the woman got this parasitic worm during a trip in the rural area out of Moscow, Russia, following a mosquito bite.
Mosquitoes are known to spread Dirofilaria repens eggs from one host to another, but, usually, this parasitic worm doesn’t like humans as hosts, preferring more dogs or cats.
Commonly, Dirofilaria repens is not causing much damage to its hosts besides triggering a response from the immune system which englobes the uninvited guest into a nodule. You can get it out by simply remove it surgically, and there’s no need for laborious treatment as in the cases of other parasites.
However, in some sporadic cases, the Dirofilaria repens parasitic worm can do more damage when it affects the eyes, lips, and so on.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.