Monsters Inside Me - Sex Maniacs - Post 5
Another write-up, as I understood the programme, after watching the new series Monsters Inside Me aired by Discovery/Animal Planet.
Monsters Inside Me –
Case 1 – Male Ski Instructor
The man begins to notice strange bumps appear on his head. He starts to feel shooting pains. The bumps are crusty and bleeding. They are increasing in size. He also notices at times he experiences a feeling of pressure change in his head. He wonders if it could be shingles as he’s had shingles before but not in his head. He goes to see his doctor.
The pains in his head increase. One night he is lying in bed and he begins to hear noises in his head and he feels movement. He questions whether it’s his imagination. Many thoughts run through his mind. He sees his doctor who looks at the bumps. But before going to the doctors he takes a shower. The encrustations on the bumps are washed off. His hair is still wet by the time he sees his doctor and when the doctor checks his head he is shocked. The doctor sees something moving beneath the bumps! The man is relieved he has not been imagining things but he is shocked when the doctor tells him he has botflies in his head! The botflies have a breathing tube and when the man took his shower he washed away the encrustations and by the time he saw the doctor, the doctor could see the bugs more clearly.
The doctor questioned him as to whether he had been to the tropics? The man said he’d been to Belize. He stayed in a hotel which did not have a screen at the window and mosquitoes were in the room. Was this the connection? Mosquitoes play an important part – they carry the eggs. The botflies drop their sticky eggs onto the mosquitoes and the mosquitoes transmit the eggs to the host ie., skin is the perfect place for botfly larvae to survive. (Botflies only lay a few eggs.)
Although the man is horrified, he is relieved to know at last what has been causing his pain. The doctor covers the botflies’ air-hole and is able to pull them out. He describes them like looking like maggots.
The man makes a full recovery.
Case 2 – Male – Oklahoma
The man works with chemicals. He develops a cough which becomes rather persistent. He questions whether it could be work-related. His cough worsens over the next couple of weeks. He decides to go visit his doctor because he has a new symptom whereby his chest feels tight. He has also been coughing up blood. The man relays his concerns with regards to his job and working with chemicals. The doctor doesn’t agree that this could be the cause.
The doctor suspects bronchitis. He is given a course of antibiotics but after completing the course of medication there is no improvement in his symptoms. In fact, his symptoms worsen.
He is then referred to a Pulmonologist. A scope is inserted into his lungs to see if they can see what is afflicting his lungs. The doctor sees black specs. They’re not sure what they are. The man has a habit of chewing tobacco and they question if this could be the cause of the black specs. He is prescribed more antibiotics and he is told to stop chewing tobacco.
He coughs up more blood and is referred to an Infectious Disease Specialist. He is experiencing chest pain. He is sent to another specialist where further tests are carried out. The black specs are EGGS! Parasite eggs! The doctor is shocked, he’s never seen anything like it. But the doctors are not entirely sure what type of parasite eggs they are as parasite eggs can look similar.
It is the Paragonimus parasite – ie., the lung fluke. It can be deadly. It burrows through the host in search of the lungs. It causes inflammation. Eggs are coughed up and then swallowed. The parasite starts off in the gut, making its way to the lungs. Sometimes they can take a wrong turn and end up in the heart for example, which can be fatal.
There are several hosts, snails being one of them.
The doctor questions his exposure? The man had been on a camping trip 7 months ago where he ate raw crawfish! This was undoubtedly the cause of the infection.
He is prescribed the treatment Praziquantel – it paralysis the lung fluke and they die.
The man makes a recovery. He vows never to eat raw fish again!
She notices red blotches on her arms. She has constant itching. She can’t stop scratching. The rash spreads. She begins to question dairy products and cuts out milk etc. She doesn’t notice any change. Welts start to appear. She begins to question an infectious disease? She goes to see her doctor. The doctor tells her she has some sort of bug bites but he’s not sure what bug is causing it. He gives her a cortisone cream but it doesn’t stop the itching.
She goes on the internet to see if she can find out anything which she can relate to. She finds information on Scabies and questions whether it could be this. But skin to skin contact is required for a person to contract Scabies and she hasn’t been in contact with anyone who has this, not that she is aware of anyway. She continues to search the internet for answers. She stumbles on a picture which looks very similar to her rash. It is caused by bed bugs!
Welts can form due to the reaction and cause extreme itching. But where has she picked up this infestation? She calls in a pest company who uses a dog to search out the source. The dog locates her suitcase by barking to let the pest controller know exactly where the source is. The suitcase made sense, she had recently been on a trip and stayed in a hotel. Unbeknownst to her she had carried the bugs back in her suitcase!
The pest controller treats her flat with a frozen spray (carbon dioxide) which kill the bugs. She is now bug free.
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