Slug-like Skin Parasite
A day ago I was trying to pop a swelled bump in between my shoulder and neck. To my surprise a big lump shot out.
I looked closely and found that the "big lump" was a snail/slug-like skin parasite creature. The parasite is a little smaller than the straight casing part of a normal writing pen.
Before I tried to pop the bump on my skin I had occasional pin pricking annoyances, which should have tipped me off.
The creature has an end that looks like a tiny snail tail, a body that is circular and tiny bumps aligned in stripes (about 6 small stripes), a tiny, snail-like head that is barely visible.
When I put the creature in water it didn't move, when I put it in a bag it began to move very slowly. My bump on the skin is significantly smaller.
Obviously, one of my questions is what is the parasite?
Second, What should I do/where should I go? If needed
Third, is there going to be more parasites in the bump?
You've got me stumped with this slug-like skin parasite living in a swollen bump on your skin.
It certainly doesn't sound like a scabies or mite parasite. I'm wondering if it could actually be something that has laid an egg under the top layer of your skin while you were sleeping and it has hatched in there.
Your skin would fester and swell trying to expel the foreign substance. It's a bit bizarre, isn't it?
You may be able to take the creature in to your local vet (if you kept it) and see if he can identify it. I'd love to know what they say.
As for more slug like skin parasites in your future, I guess only time will tell.
It would be a good idea to clean the area with some peroxide and then apply some tea tree oil, or Indian neem oil, or even oregano oil if you happen to have any of those.
They're all highly anti-fungal and anti-parasitic and can help to get rid of any lingering parasites. If you don't have any of those on hand, you can order them from Mountain Rose Herbs
or Puritan's Pride
While you are waiting for that, if you have some organic apple cider vinegar in the pantry, just use that. It has some really good healing properties and may do the job sufficiently.
Give us an update if you find out anything further. This is a curious one that I haven't heard of. To your good health!