Parasitic Worms – 4 Nastiest in the World

Disgusting & terrifying parasitic worms in humans! These parasites can infect your stomach, stool, brain, & other body parts that may be disturbing to most people.

4: The Guinea Worm

The guinea worm is a nematode that causes disease most commonly referred to as guinea worm disease. This parasitic worm disease is caused by people drinking water that has been contaminated by guinea worms and water fleas. When one is infected with a guinea worm, they will first not feel any symptoms. Then after a year or so, they’ll begin feeling a burning sensation on their skin. This is the worm developing blisters underneath its host’s skin. They will also experience nausea, vomiting, fevers, rashes, and dizziness. If the worm is not removed, it will likely die inside of the human, causing paralysis of the spinal cord or arthritis in the joints. Guinea worms often grow longer than 2 feet long. Although the parasitic worm can be removed, they do form ulcers in the process that can become infected. The resulting pain has the potential of lasting up to a few months. There are no vaccines for guinea worms, but steps to prevent the disease from getting worse can and should be taken. Submerging the infected area into water forces the worm to discharge its larva, thus lowering the risk of infection. The worm is then removed by wrapping it around a stick and slowly pulling it out, a process that is said to feel like the infected area is literally on fire. In the most extreme of cases, this removal process can take up to several weeks.

3: Filarial Worms

Filarial worms are parasites that are passed on to humans through mosquitoes. Similar to guinea worms, filarial worms reside in the body for roughly a year after infecting someone. They then move into the lymphatic system and clog up excess fluids in the region where the worms have settled. This causes the fluid to accumulate and therefore enlarge the area hosting the worms. This disease is known as Elephantiasis Tropica. In addition to the lymphatic build up, filarial parasitic worms cause skin rashes and arthritis. They even have the capacity to cause river blindness, which is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Different types of medicine and surgery have been used to treat those infected with filarial worms. The World Health Organization claims they are on track towards eliminating the disease through a process known as geo-targeting.

2: Pinworms

Pinworms are nematodes responsible for one of the most common parasitic worms infections in the world. This parasitic worm infection is known as enterobiasis. The pinworms themselves are very small parasitic worms, reaching up to only 13 mm in length. However, once they infect a host they cause intense itching and sometimes pain near the anus. As a result, bacterial infections are often associated with pinworms. Other possible symptoms include irritability, insomnia, appetite and weight loss, urinary tract infections, and uncontrolled urination. Those who have ingested pinworm eggs often do so from contaminated food, water, or from other people. But medicine for these infections is considered to be very effective. Additionally for those infected, there still remains a high possibility of reinfection even after they’ve already been treated. This is due to the fact that drugs kill the pinworms but not the eggs themselves. Therefore, it is often recommended that patients seek continued treatment for two to three weeks after their initial treatment.

1: New World Screwworm

The new world screwworm is a parasite that is known for feeding on live tissue. These parasitic worms are indigenous to Central and South America. The new world screwworm is known to infect the wounds of large animals such as cattle, horses, and sheep. There have been, however, many instances where they’ve affected humans as well. One such example of this parasite’s brutally can be seen in the case of a 12-year-old girl from Connecticut. During a 2007 trip to Colombia with her parents, she began experiencing severe scalp pain and soon developed fluid-filled bumps all over her head. When they arrived in Connecticut she was taken immediately to the Emergency Room. They shaved her head only to discover a large area of swelling that was also producing a foul-odored extrude from a wound. The parasites invaded the existing wound and essentially began eating the flesh around her head. Doctors used jelly and bacon to extract the worm and her offspring. While she ultimately survived the ordeal with just a scar, she was experiencing so much pain at the time that doctors had to prescribe her morphine to help deal with the extreme discomfort. Another person with an awful experience of her own was an English woman named Rochelle Harris. After returning to England from a trip to Peru, Rochelle began experiencing agonizing headaches and severe pain all over her face. She also suffered from an unexplainable discharge coming from her ear as well as a scratching sound on the inside of her ears. When she went to the doctor’s office, they soon discovered that her ears had been infected with screwworms. Screwworms invade flesh wounds and hatch eggs. They then feed off the flesh and bodily fluids. Rochelle was ultimately cured through maggot therapy, a process in which maggots are used to clean wounds once the worm is removed. Find out more about deadly things that’ll kill you by subscribing or clicking on one of the links below.


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