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10 Shocking Photos of the Most Disgusting Human Parasites

We’re all aware of the big dangers that the animal kingdom poses: sharks, bears, snakes, more sharks. But what we don’t often think about are the small things, the things like parasites that will crawl up your unsuspecting pee-hole (No. 2) Or turn your ass into a spaghetti buffet (No. 10). Here are 10 solid reasons to lock your doors and take a bath in hand sanitizer.

1: The Human Bot-Fly

This critter regularly deposits larvae in the flesh of unsuspecting people. Over time, the larvae grow and the lucky host gets his very own pet maggots.

2. Candiru Fish, or Vampire Fish

I know what you’re probably thinking. “Hey, those guys don’t seem so bad. They look a bit like minnows.” And you’re right, except I’ve never known a minnow to swim up your pee-hole and lodge itself there until a doctor performs surgery to remove it. Forget piranhas, these evil bastards are the best reason not to go swimming in the Amazon.

3. Hookworm

These insidious parasites are dangerous because they often don’t produce any obvious symptoms in the host until a late-stage infestation. Early on after ingestion, usually through contaminated water, they attach themselves to your intestinal wall and begin siphoning off blood, possibly resulting in anemia or protein deficiency.

4. Guinea Worm

People have been doing battle with the Guinea Worm for over a thousand years. Once introduced, it grows to be several feet long. The worst part is that the most effective way to remove it is to pull it out of the body by slowly winding it around a stick for days or even weeks.

5. Sand Fly

This blood sucker differs from your average parasitic freeloader by causing a horrible infection at the bite area called leishmaniasis, for no apparent benefit to the Sand Fly. That’s just the way it rolls.

6. Roundworm

Roundworms are found in every single type of environment on Earth. They have numerous parasitic forms and, oh yeah, BTW, if they don’t dig the way their current environment is treating them, they just enter a state called cryptobiosis, in which they essentially hibernate.

7. Screw Worm Fly

This fly is well known for laying its larvae in the flesh of mammals, where the maggots rapidly grow and consume the flesh of the host.

8. Scabies

Also known as the Seven Year Itch, it’s caused by a tiny parasite which burrows its way beneath your skin, causing horrible irritation.

9. Chigoe Flea

You’ve probably heard of this one via a different name: Jiggers. The mating female burrows its way into the feet of mammals, where it lays eggs and feeds on tissue.

10. Ascaris

Or, Large Intestinal Roundworms. They multiply fast. They grow long. They eat all your food. They may come shooting out of your ass like stringy confetti.

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  1. The parasite number: 3 is not a hookworm. It is called Strongyloides stercoralis and this skin lesion is called larva currens. It occurs as a result of autoinfection with the parasite, while it already inhabits the intestine. Autoinfection is a very serious clinical condition and the parasite may reach any site in the body leading to severe complications. When the superinfection occurs, severe diarrhea may occur, sometimes with paralytic ileus, May reach the lungs causing asthmatic attacks, may reach the brain with CNS manifestations.

    • Actually, it is a hookworm. Maybe Necator or Ancylostoma. Hookworms can produce cutaneous larva migrans which appear as an erythamous track from the site of penetration. Moreover, cutaneous larva migrans has more defined tracks but develops slower vs. larva currens (Strongyloides).

  2. My husband and I think he has a parasite. for over a year weve been trying to find out exactly what has been EATING him.we have been to several Drs but we just get weird looks and still no answers.

  3. The parasite which nearl destroyed me ,was eating my viginal lip on the right ,on which i dont know when this thing started ,,it seems it was already destroyed my anus ,when i expiencend a sharp pain in my vigina ,like it made a home on the anus and then lood itself to the vigina and started tearing my flesh ,God ,i ‘ve never expirienced such pain ,worse 2012 until 2014 ,it just hooked off and fell off my skin ,i was treated of cancer as a result of that ,, ,with Jouburg Gen ,,Thank you for their survice ,,and i thank God for giving Me a scond chance to live ,my family and friends for their prayers ,,There was this lady Simangele Ntshele ,God Bless Her ,,let her live more and more years ,,not to say much ,,,

  4. Is there a worm that can live in your body undetected for over ten years eventually rupturing your heart. Me and my son watched a documentary about such a worm which if you have roundworm in your body and take contaminated cocaine a worm can be formed leading this worm to rupturing your heart. Did anyone see this documentary or does anyone know the name of the worm

    • You might be talking about the number 10 on this list. Ascaris lumbricoides is normally found in the Intestine. However, it has the tendency to get erratic(migrate to different places) when a drug is introduced in lower than recommended doses. This is the reason why Roundworms go out of your mouth, nose, eyes, ears, anus, and can sometimes be found in your lings and brain. Your scenario was maybe a special case where the cocaine(drug) made contact with the worm and forced it to migrate to another location whoch unfortunately was the heart.

  5. I have a fantasy about catching some parasitic worms to host as my personal pets. Tapeworms. Thread worms and hook worms….

  6. I think you missed a few of these SCUM SUCKERS!!! Pin worms and Ring worm! I know there’s many more, AND GROWING!!! Thanks for the Frank info! Americans need to realize that it’s no better here than in the 3rd world countries. JS. God Bless US ALL!!!

  7. I have worm type creatures under my skin that can be sen after I add certain creams etc to my skin. They seem to produce tiny black dots (eggs?)
    My doctor thinks 8m mad. I’ve had stool sample analysed but nothing!

    • I’ve been suffering like this for 4 years with the bad symptoms of joint pain, head aches, extreme tiredness but worse of all 8s seeing myself 8n the mirror! I used to look twenty years younger than my true age of 55 nut now I look twenty years older than 55. OMG !!!
      What do we do?
      I’ve been to dermatologists that don’t even examine me they just write to my doctor saying I’m suffering from delusional parasitosis! !! So ! I went to see a shrink who has said I’m perfectly sane and she can actually see on my video’s that they are real. Doctor’s won’t look at the videos saying they are not reliable enough. I’d like to stick one right up their jacks and see how they feel a few years down the line when they are overrun with these bloody creature’s
      Kind regards

  8. I have been diagnosed with Strongyloides. I noticed them this summer. i showed pics to my Dr. and brought a bunch in a souffle container. He looked at them. came back in the room and said yes, I had some things!!!! he prescribed me 2 pills and said thac whatever is alive inside my gut and outside on my body would all die. To trust him. He’s been my Dr. for a Dr. now for almost 20 yrs. Well, the script was $357.00 and no ins. I tried colon cleanse for a couple months. I was losing weight and I stopped taking the product cause I thought that was a long time. I changed my diet. Keep a clean house, especially the bathroom, kitchen, carpeting and clean the couches…..all the time. I now started on herbal extracts. Pure raw garlic oil, ginger root (going to get the eucholiptis (sp) (want to play euchre, lol). I read you should take these 2 together. Milk Thistle, 2,000mg/day. Them magnesium, 1,000/day. Vit.,D, I take 3,000/day. For joint/muscle painI am taking glucosamine, 500mg, Chlondroitin, 400 mg plus MSM, 500 mg. I take those 3 times/daily. Am I taking the wrong things? Am I taking too much or not enough? I can’t get rid of them. We actually have a routine. I know when they will come out my mouth, what happens when my mouth gets coated with slimy mucous!!!!! Can anyone help? Like take the right herbs. Replenishing my nutrients back in my system. I have been working on that. I am taking

    • You must try food grade diatomaceous earth . It will physically cut up parasites in the digestive system. It works wonders and is natural and organic.

      • This stuff is awesome and it destroyed the parasites in my system in about two weeks . Not only that but it will help your body in many more ways than you can imagine . This stuff can probably eliminate more than half of all prescription medicine.

  9. Parasite infections are not taken seriously by the majority of doctors in North America, and its to the detriment of the health of possibly millions of people, from basic lice and bed bug infections, which are common on to more serious kinds like these ones. I’ve learned that if suspect if you have anything like this and you tell your doctor about it, you are basically flubbed off as crazy or they’ll call it eczema, and prescribe you a $100 cream that doesn’t do anything. After that your just hesitant to talk about it and suffer in silence… till it’s too late and you look like the lady in the article with the screw worm flies in her eyes.

    It’s time the AMA and CMA (here in Canada) take parasitic infections more seriously. Millions of people travel to tropical climates on vacation and to visit family abroad, and in those countries doctors take these issues seriously. When we travel back to North America and go to our doctors, it seems we hit a wall of “We don’t have those problems here.”, with doctors who are just happy to live in their pleasant bubble of dealing with problems that only conform to their what they’ve read in their Med School textbooks.