Moving lump on woman's face turns out to be worm


After an examination, physicians discovered those bumps was a parasitic worm.

After spending some time in a rural area of Russian Federation outside Moscow, the 32-year-old noticed a small, mysterious lump underneath her eye.

You wouldn't mind a pimple on your face for a lifetime as compared to having a worm underneath your skin.

Her first picture shows it just below her left eye, but five days later the worm had crawled to above her eye. It was a parasite, living inside of her face.

The lump would cause a little itching and burning in the spot it nestled, but she had no other symptoms. Ten days after that, a lump resurfaced on her upper lip, causing massive swelling. A German tourist developed a severe brain inflammation called meningoencephalitis after he caught the same species of parasite in India or Sri Lanka, according to a 2009 report.

Finally, when her lip swelled up due to the lump, the woman went to see a doctor and was in for a rude surprise.

The worm was surgically removed using special forceps and the woman made a full recovery.

Usually, the physical damage is minimal and pulling the worm out does the trick. She also noted her recent trip and recalled being frequently bitten by mosquitoes.

The woman reported travelling to a rural area near the Russian capital of Moscow where she was bitten by mosquitoes. Dirofilaria repens typically infests dogs and other carnivores and finds itself unable to breed when a human becomes the unlucky host through the bite of a mosquito, typically in parts of Europe and Asia.

It's relatively harmless for humans.


According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Dirofilaria are long, thin parasitic roundworms that infect a variety of mammals, including humans on occasion.

Humans are aberrant hosts for, which means that our bodies do not normally host the parasite and don't give it ideal conditions for it to mature.

File of a previous dirofilaria repens case in a human.

For now, Americans don't have to worry about this particular worm burrowing around under their skin. Mosquitoes serve as vectors for this parasite.

To avoid mosquito bites wherever you are, the CDC recommends wearing insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and trousers when outdoors, and using screens or nets in the home.