Worm-like Bug!

by Kaitlyn Henry
(North Carolina)

Okay so, today I was outside tanning on my lower deck (which is about 2 feet from the grass) and I looked up to find a really cute, skin colored, worm-like bug on my arm.

I looked at it for a little while and noticed that I could see through the tail of it, and it was a bluish black color.

When I went to pick it up, I put my finger in front of it to see if it would climb on my finger and it moved side to side and then looked up, like normal worms do, then it went straight down into my arm. I didn't think much of it until my aunt freaked out about it.

I know for a fact that it wasn't a tick. I've looked at pictures of ticks and there is nothing poking above my skin. There is 3 small small bumps, but I think two of them are where I tried to squeeze it out of my arm (unsuccessfully).

I really don't know whether or not I should go see a doctor. I would really like to know what went in me!


Hi Kaitlyn,

Sounds like this worm-like bug gave you quite a scare. Were you able to discover any more about it? What does your aunt think it was?

Have the bumps cleared up yet? Are you having any other reactions to the worm going into your skin, like a rash or feeling unwell?

I'd look around the yard to see if you could locate another worm so that you could have a better chance of getting a proper identification.

Do you happen to have pets that may have been the source of the bug?

I think if I were in your situation, I'd apply some tea tree oil to the area where the worm went into the skin and then I'd also give myself a parasite cleanse using Para 90 and/or Herbal Fiberblend, just to be on the safe side.

I know I'm late in getting back to you (sorry), but I would like to hear how you are doing.

To your good health!
Angie from allaboutparasites.com

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Jul 01, 2015
Just pulled one from last night NEW
by: Jeff

It was not clear though, but I think it has been inside me for quite some time. It was about the lengthen of a finger nail dark blue and it had tiny almost clear hairs all over it that are pokey and 2 darker hairs on one end and one at the other end.

I squeezed it out of a hole I have been bleeding from for a year know located in my taint while I was in the shower. Doctors have been treating me like I am crazy for quit a while know. I don't think it's the only one, I feel them inside me they sometimes pinch.

Aug 08, 2013
I saw one too
by: Anonymous

I saw one of theses wormlike creatures as well and I know it was know hallucination because when I called my brother to come look at it he saw it too

Mar 20, 2012
by: Anonymous

The demodicid, is a tiny mite, less than 0.4 mm long, that lives in your pores and hair follicles. Also look up: Demodex brevis
A form of Demodex is the cause of mange in dogs. D. folliculorum infests humans and is a worm-like mite, with tiny claws, and scales over their entire body, which allows it to anchor itself in the hair follicles. Demodex folliculorum resides in hair follicles, whereas Demodex brevis survives in sebaceous glands adjacent to hair follicles.
The entire life cycle takes places in 18–24 days.

You can read more about Demodex folliculorum blepharitis
PMCID: PMC1310279 Trans Am Ophthalmol Soc. 1967; 65: 361–392.
MORGAN RJ, COSTON TO. DEMODEX BLEPHARITIS. South Med J. 1964 Jun;57:694–699. [PubMed]
GALIN MA. Bacteriological aspects of blepharitis. Arch Ophthalmol. 1962 Jun;67:746–749. [PubMed]

Sep 01, 2011
by: Anonymous

Wow all these things y'all are saying are crazy!im not saying y'all are crazy but I really hope all of you figure out what in the world is going on :0 y'all should take pics!!!

Jul 18, 2011
by: Anonymous

Ive been back from my gran canaria holiday about 3 weeks now but i think i may have brought something back with me. On my bacini line i have a bright purple mark with a little bit of a lump, but today it was hurting so i had a look and it has broke open and was bleeding a little. ive tried squeezing it to see if anything cums out but it doesnt but yet the lump remains. I can remember watching a show on telly ages ago about bugs that lie and wait in your damp towel then burrow under the skin. Do you think this may have happened to me or am i just over re-acting?

Jun 15, 2011
by: Anonymous

so i was just playing with my brother outside i came in and felt a itchy feeling on my arm i looked over and saw the same exact thing you did a skin colored worm that has like a blue black inside i screamed and pushed it off my arm and killed it with a remote i was so scared I HATE THINGS ON MY SKIN!!!!

May 25, 2011
Using Oil For Lice
by: Angie

Using oil for lice was a smart move and one that I always recommend these days. It's cheap, easy, and effective. Although, I would suggest you use a cheap olive oil rather than coconut oil (to save even more money).

The oil basically smothers the lice, so that's why you leave it on your head for at least 8 hours (over night works well).

You should do the oil treatment again every 4 days until you've done it about 4 times so that you get all stages of the life cycle. It's just best to be sure to get all of them the first time around rather than have recurring infestations because you missed some.

As for the rainbow burrowing worm - I don't have a clue what that one is. Is it possible that the worm wasn't rainbow colored but only appeared to be because of the lighting/reflection through your car window or something while you were driving?

Anyway, if you are having any internal parasite symptoms or just want to be on the safe side with that, I'd suggest a good internal herbal cleanse. My favorite is Herbal Fiberblend.

May 25, 2011
what is this/ these, how do I kill them dead forever
by: cf

3 days ago, I discovered the most horrible things ever. I'm not even sure if this was one type of parasite in various stages of it's life cycle or if I'm cursed with blue lice, red crabs, rainbow colored burrowing worms and little black lice, that look like I assumed lice were supposed to. No one I've told about these has ever even heard of any such thing.

I was driving and looked down at my arm, just as rainbow colored worm burrowed into my skin. I tried to grab a hold of it, but it got away from me and burrowed the rest of the way in. It left a hole in my skin, but nothing sticking out to grab. I ironically I was on my way to a dr's appt. He must have thought I was crazy because he didn't even look at the bugs and eggs I had collected in a cup. He just gave me some anti psychotics and told me to go home and take a nap. I'm pretty sure I'm not crazy and I still have about 5-6 entrance holes. You could also see like a path under my skin where they went in and wandered around. It's been 3 days now and nothing has come out as far as I've seen. It's really bazaar. There are no growing ,lumps or anything, but I'M still concerned that one of these lumps will explode 1000 baby bugs. I asked the dr what to do and he said to take a hot bath (to shut me up) That actually seems to have worked, except for the lice,which I killed by putting coconut oil (thickly) everywhere with hair for 24 hours, then rinsing that with dish soap, then rewashing my hair with my regular shampoo. I've itched a couple times, but that I think is in my head. Has any one even seen bugs like these or had a similar situation? I would say the oil trick is a good remedy if your having a hard time with RIT. Lice can get a resistance to it eventually. I used oil right off the bat because I was poor and decided this was urgent.

May 07, 2011
by: sierra mesta

omg im sorry that happened its never hapened to me and i love bugs.p.s. ilove snakes

Oct 21, 2010
Skin Burrowing Creature
by: Angie

Certainly can't say specifically what that skin burrowing creature would be based on that description alone, but it sounds like you may have received a bug bite that has resulted in toxins in your body causing you distress, or an internal parasite (if you are certain something burrowed under the skin) that is giving you these symptoms.

Have you tried a parasite cleanse? I prefer natural ones as they are generally more effective in my opinion, and definitely without the side effects of chemical based drugs.

It's possible that your current symptoms and your experience a month ago are completely unrelated.

Since the pain is in your lower abdomen, an intestinal cleanse may give you relief regardless if the 2 issues are connected. I'd suggest Herbal Fiberblend and Para 90 as a good place to start.

If you continue to feel worse, you may want to consider seeing a doctor.

I hope you feel better soon.

Oct 20, 2010
Skin burrowing creature
by: Anonymous

About a month ago I was at my table and I experienced a sharp pain on my big toe i felt something burrow into my skin. I poured alcohol and iodine on the spot and tried to cut out the skin around the area and I thought I had killed whatever it was. A month ago I started experiencing random migrating tingling annoying cutting sensation all over my body especially in the lower abdomen.Any idea what this might be?

Aug 06, 2010
Worm-like Bug
by: Angie

Hi Kaitlyn,

I'm sorry that the doctor didn't take your situation seriously. That's not uncommon, I'm sorry to say.

However, it's good news that you haven't had any further trouble. If you find that you do start to develop trouble with your bowels or any other issues, remember this episode and consider using a natural herbal cleanse and taking some probiotics to help get rid of possible internal parasites and build up your immune system.

All the best!

Aug 06, 2010
by: Kaitlyn Henry

I'm doing great now. My mom took me straight to Immediate Care when she found out it went inside of me. The doctor looked at me like I was psyco... and I didn't really appreciate it, but that's alright. He told me I had probably just halucinated since I was out in the sun... but I know for a fact what I saw! My mom made them take an x-ray of my arm, but they found nothing. There was only a bump for a couple hours after I posted the origional comment, and now its completely gone. I really do appreciate your advice. I will be sure to tell everyone about your site!

- Kaitlyn Henry

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