Although many of my symptoms have been addressed, one of the remaining ones is that I have a worm in my toe. It has been there almost a year now. I felt the egg borrow in and within days, it developed into a somewhat long worm. I have been medicating off and on for nearly 12 months, and this once lively worm has finally stopped moving. However, the toe being what it is, I can almost constantly feel the thing pulling over my middle toe joint and it stings and hurts. I am wondering if it is actually dead, or if it is just paralyzed. And if it is capable of giving off microfilarea? My anti-helminths have included albenza, ivermectin, and pyrantel pamoate. Do any of these kill the adult stage worm??? I am beginning to worry about having a dead thing living in there. Do worms show up on xray??
I brought it up to my family doctor today and asked him about getting it surgically removed. He told me I need to go to my orthopedic foot doctor (MD) and have it exrayed. Family doctor said he would be worried about bone erosion if it's been in there that long. Since I have an orthopedic foot doctor that I like, I agreed to do that, but I'm wondering if that really would be necessary, since people here say it will disintegrate on it's own. How long does the process of disintegration take?? I'll have really bad insurance after the first of the year, so my family doctor is encouraging me to go see what specialist says.
BTW, I have a dx of Ascaris lumbroides, although i believe early on that I was infected with several types of parasites and worms. So I don't know if the worm in my toe is Ascaris lumbroides, or something else, but I'm guessing it's a few inches long.