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Moving Lump on Woman's Face? You Guessed It — a Worm

Moving Lump on Woman's Face? You Guessed It — a Worm
Bottle with dog heartworm (dirofilaria immitis) on Sept. 18, 2015. (Marco Vinicio Armando Trabucco/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 22 June 2018 02:59 PM

Moving lumps appearing and disappearing on a woman's face turned out to be a worm crawling underneath her skin.

The 32-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, first noticed a small bump below her left eye, Aol.com reported.

Aside from some itching and burning, she experienced no other symptoms and dismissed it as nothing serious but, five days later, the bump had moved to the top of her eye lid and after 10 days it resurfaced on her upper lip.

She decided to visit an ophthalmologist who confirmed the shocking diagnosis — there was a mobile parasitic worm moving around under her skin.

According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, the parasite was fixed with forceps and removed surgically.

It was later identified as Dirofilaria repens, a parasite that lives on dogs and other carnivores, including humans, and can be transmitted via mosquitos.

It is unclear how the woman picked up the worm however, she did report having recently traveled to a rural area outside Moscow and recalled being frequently bitten by mosquitoes

Vladimir Kartashev, a professor of medicine at Rostov State Medical University who treated the woman in the case study, noted that nearly 1,300 cases of the parasite were reported in Russia and Belaru, Women's Health said.

Fortunately, the worm is not found in the U.S. however there are other creepy crawlies lurking about to be concerned about.

An Oregon woman made headlines earlier this year when she yanked a worm from her inflamed eye, National Geographic reported.

Abby Beckley said she felt something in her left eye and, when she plucked up the courage to take a closer look, found the parasitic worm Thelazia gulosa wriggling about.

There was also in incident when Canadian couple Katie Stephens and Eddie Zytner came home from their tropical vacation to the Dominican Republic with hookworms in their feet after walking barefoot on the beach.

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