On Thursday, July 26th, I had a loose stool and there was what looked like a worm in it. It was white with horizontal stripes, and it had a brown head. I immediately went to Walgreen's, bought some Reese's pinworm solution, and took it.
The next day, I went to a doctor. He didn't do any tests or anything, but said they were pinworms prescribed one 100 mg pill of Vermox, along with another one I should take two weeks later if there were still worms.
I bought some ParaGone and started taking it about a week ago. I may or may not have passed additional organisms.
Last Monday or so, I washed some clothing in the washing machine and dried it on an outdoor clothesline. I didn't wear it afterwards, but yesterday, about five days after I washed the clothes, I noticed several worms that looked exactly like the one that I had passed in my stool. The only slight difference was the living ones looked white from a distance, but had more of a yellow hue with a slight green tinge. I'm very confident they're exactly what I passed in my stool due to the horizontal striples and distinctive brown heads. I don't know if they had hatched out of eggs that may have come off of my behind and remained attached to my clothing even after washing, or if a fly had laid eggs on the garments while they were on the clothesline. It was very surprising to see them on my clothes so many days after I wore them and washed them. And I have no idea how they grew so fast. They were a half-inch long. I don't know if they were eating cotton from the clothing to grow or how they got so big living on the clothing. There weren't any worms or larva when I washed the clothes and got them off the line. They hatched and grew after I brought the clothing into my house.
I looked on Google images and the organisms look more like maggots than pinworms, but I read one article where it said pinworms can sometimes look like maggots. I guess there are several different varieties of pinworms, but the pinworms I saw on Google images are all very smooth like spahetti noodles. These I've been having problems with look so much like fruit fly larva or screwworms. I looked at them under a jeweler loop to get a better look and it looks like they have a few small hairs on them similar to the pictures of maggots on Google images. It crawled mainly by hunching it's back, moving forward, raising its back again, moving forward again.
I'm concerned they could be Tapeworm segments, but what leads my amateur mind to doubt they're Tapeworms is that I've read Tapeworms have no brain, but this organism I have a problem with is highly intelligent for its size and responded in a very animal-like manner when I was trying to get it to crawl onto a piece of paper so I could get it into a jar to take to the doctor.
I can't make an appointment anywhere since it's still the weekend and I have a flight Wednesday morning and will be out of the USA for a full year. My work visa is single entry for one year, so it's important I find out what this is before I leave, since I need to get rid of this parasite or at the very least find out from a qualified professional what type of organism this is. I can get albendazole over the counter in Asia, but I'm supposed to be working with kids and I need to get rid of this problem before I even land. I will be able to obtain albendazole over the counter, but I just wish I could get cured before I leave, or at least know what the parasite is.
I'm throwing away my underwear after each use instead of washing them. I hope I can get an appointment with an infectious disease specialist before I fly out of the USA on Wednesday morning. How frustrating.
Has anyone had any similar parasites, or can offer some insight? Thanks in advance, and sorry for the long post.
Pinworms are usually pointedy on the ends. I have never seen one with a head on it. They squirm and spiral and needle their way into your tissues. I have never heard of a worm in a toilet that moved around like an inch worm. I don't know how they would get around up inside you like that. Are you sure you are not getting inch worms falling off the trees onto your laundry clothes, and maybe one of them fell off your shirt into the toilet? That would not explain the diarrhea, and it doesn't mean you don't have pinworms. But worms usually constipate the host. It is bacteria that give you the diarrhea.
I believe the loose stool was because of taking doxycyline for an unrelated issue. It was the only bowel movement I have had lately that was loose like that.
After looking at so many images on Google images and reading about intestinal myiasis, one theory I have is that I ate a piece of fruit with fly eggs on it or larvae in it. I believe the one in the toilet had probably gone through my entire digestive system. Maybe some eggs made it onto my underwear and survived laundering and outdoor drying. It could be that a housefly laid eggs on uncovered food in the kitchen and I consumed it. I don't know if it was intestinal larvae that has gone away, or if it's an ongoing issue, or if it's something else entirely such as a worm infestation.
I do think I passed some sort of roundworm in my stool a few minutes ago, but I'm not sure. I could see a portion on the outside of the turd that looked somewhat wormlike, but it was very smooth like a roundworm or pinworm. Aside from the Vermox, Reese's, and Paragone, I've also been consuming a lot of pumpkin seeds, some garlic, zinc tablets, oil of oregano, buttermilk, walnuts, almonds, etc.
I'm going to call around and try to get an appointment with an infectious disease specialist or at least a general practitioner first thing in the morning and hopefully I can see someone before I leave the country.