Russian Woman Finds Something Horrifying Inside Lump That Kept Moving All Over Her Face

Date June 22, 2018

Dirofilaria repens is a filarial nematode that is predominant in Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Mediterranean. It is spread by mosquitoes and often affects dogs and wildlife as well as sea lions.  

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In rare cases, the worms can also infect human beings. However, the worms do not reach adulthood when they infect the human body. Italy has the highest recorded incidents of infection at 66% followed by France at 22%.

Recently, a 32-year-old woman in Russia noticed a lump on her skin that seemed to migrate on a daily basis. At first, it started out as a small bump beneath her left eye. It caused some itching and swelling.

Five days later, the lump moved to the top of her eye, just above the eyelid. It stayed there for the next ten days before migrating again to her top lip, causing it to swell several times beyond its normal size.

Eventually, she went to see a doctor, and they identified the moving lump as Dirofilaria repens. The worm had been moving around under the woman’s skin. Doctors said the worm could easily have resulted in blindness of elephantiasis if it was not removed.

The woman said she had travelled to a rural area in Moscow before she started showing symptoms. She also remembers mosquitoes bit her several times. Doctors were able to locate the worm inside the lump and using forceps, they pulled it out. The woman is expected to make a full recovery.

Between 1997 and 2013, about 1,271 cases of worms living inside human bodies have been reported in Russia and Belarus. The worms feed off the nutrients in the body, as they will be unable to survive otherwise.

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Earlier this year, a couple on vacation in the Dominican Republic were infected with hookworms after walking barefoot on the beach. Katie Stephens and Eddie Zytner returned to Canada and noticed their feet started to itch.

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Doctors attending to them at the hospital discovered that they were infected with hookworms.

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In February, a similar incident occurred, this time in Oregon, USA. 28-year-old Abby Beckley was feeling some discomfort in her eye for weeks. After trying different remedies, she decided to flush her eyes with water.

Beckley noticed something frizzy in her eye and then she pulled out a translucent worm, thin as a thread. She eventually saw a doctor, and over two weeks, they pulled out 14 worms from her eye.

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Self-medication is never advisable if eye irritation or peculiar lumps are discovered anywhere on the body. Always consult a physician if any itching or soreness is noticed. You might be saving yourself from a bigger medical problem.

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