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COUNCIL CHRONICLE – And for our weekly trip to Nopeville, we give you the story of a 32-year-old woman from Russia who had the shock of her life when she realized that the lump on top of her left eye wasn’t really a lump. A short trip to the doctor made her realize that the thing was actually a parasite moving back and forth under her skin.
Parasite Considered Safe for Humans and Easy to Remove, Doctors Declared
The 32-year-old woman from Russia declared in a social media post that everything started shortly after she returned from a trip to rural Moscow. She recalls getting bitten on more than one occasion by mosquitoes.
Several days after returning home, the Russian woman noticed a small lump just above the left eye. She didn’t pay attention to it, at first, but she started posting pictures of the bump of her social media channel just in case.
Over the next few days, the Russian woman came to realize that the thing on her face was not a bump. In a series of time-lapse photos, the woman revealed how her ‘lump’ traveled from her left eye to the bottom part of her upper lip.
She went to the nearest hospital to have a doctor take a look at her bump. A brief physical examination revealed that the nodule was caused by a Dirofilaria repens, a parasitic nematode that usually likes carnivores like sea lions, cats, wolves, dogs or foxes.
The doctor who consulted the Russia woman declared that the parasite ‘accidentally’ infested her. However, it would appear that the treatment is pretty straightforward – surgery to remove the critter.
Since the nematode cannot live inside humans, it can’s lay eggs. This means that all you have to do to get rid of it is to pull it out or rather have a doctor do it for you.
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