Bumps On Woman’s Face Start To Move–Discovered To Be A Parasite Beneath Her Skin

When traveling to rural areas of foreign countries, one may want to be aware of any strange symptoms that arise after. One traveled to a rural area of Russia after her trip to the World Cup, and soon after she noticed a series of bumps she developed on her face. She quickly realized that these weren’t actually a series of bumps, but one bump that seemed to be moving around… and that bump… was a parasite.

While the woman was unidentified, the case was detailed in the New England Journal of Medicine along with this series of photos…

They went on to report…

“A physical examination showed a superficial moving oblong nodule at the upper eyelid. A parasite was fixed with forceps and removed surgically. The parasite was identified by means of a polymerase-chain-reaction assay as Dirofilaria repens, which is a zoonotic filarial nematode.”

Translation, she got a worm in her face most often transmitted to humans via mosquitos. While infections of dogs and cats are common, infections of humans are relatively rare.

Nonetheless, people were grossed out…

Excuse us while we go loose our breakfast.

H/T: The New England Journal of Medicine, Twitter




Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.