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Do I have a tapeworm?

tapeworm infection

There are times when I feel like all I am writing about is parasitic worms. Today, I find myself talking about one that we have somehow not addressed yet: the tapeworm. Contrary to Mango Worm and Guinea Worm, most people have at least heard of tapeworms. They've heard of them, but they don't really know [...]

is my heartburn from doxycycline permanent?

I previously wrote about why I stopped taking doxycycline as a malaria prophylactic. That was back in 2011. I had just finished a trip through West Africa at the end of 2010, and I had returned home to the states before setting off on the road again. Originally, I thought I was having a problem [...]

roundworm infection

Let's be honest, you have to be unlucky to find yourself with a roundworm infestation. But, it's possible, so we are going to talk about it. Roundworms are a type of nematode, which are considered to be the most numerous form of multicellular organism on earth. They are parasites of a variety of different organisms, [...]


South Korea Travel Health Guide

South Korea travel health

South Korea quickly became an industrialized country in the 21st century. With its economic growth came improved infrastructure and healthcare. You don't need to worry about much when visiting the urban areas of South Korea, but rural areas can still present a few issues. This article will break it all down for you. You should [...]


The candiru (also known as the Toothpick Fish or the Vampire Fish) has long been reputed to be capable of swimming up a person's urethra during urination in affected waters, causing untold physical harm and psychological trauma. We mentioned in our 7 terrifying small organisms piece that the candiru was known to have gone up [...]

crotch rot aka jock itch

The image above should rightfully make you cringe. If you recognize it, then you have already experienced crotch rot (also known as jock itch, jock rot, crotch itch - just keep rearranging those words, in fact). What is crotch rot? Straight talk: it's a rash caused by a fungal infection in the groin area. The [...]

how to avoid salmonella

Salmonella is the boogey man hiding in every raw egg and piece of undercooked chicken. It is a bacteria, and it causes millions of cases of diarrhea and gastroenteritis every year across the globe. It is also responsible for over 100,000 deaths every year. The good news is that you can avoid salmonella in the [...]

deep vein thrombosis

Most people would be worried about a blood clot that could potentially become detached and cause something called an embolism in your lungs. But what are the chances that you develop DVT? Before we get around to that question, let's explain what DVT is, and why it is so dangerous. First, let's start with blood [...]


I hate sand flies

sandfly bites

Suppose you were Mother Nature, and you wanted to devise a creature that was fundamentally irritating. What would you create? Well, the sandfly would be a good place to start. Known variably as the sand gnat, biting midge, sand flea or no-see-um, sand flies are small enough that they wouldn't seem like a nuisance. What [...]

botfly larva emerging from the skin

What if I told you that there exists a fly - the botfly - that captures mosquitoes, ticks and certain other flies, holds them hostage long enough to attach their eggs to them and then sends them on their way. The mosquito, tick or fly then lands on your arm, bites you and inadvertently deposits [...]

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