Monsters Inside Me

Season 3 Episode 3

My Face Eating Parasite

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 19, 2012 on Animal Planet
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A young man and his girlfriend have been enjoying life together, traveling in South America. During their trip, the man suddenly discovers what appears to be a pimple on his face. It seems minor at first, but his face becomes swollen, and the pimple becomes an oozing wound. Soon, the man also starts having bumps in his throat, and thus soreness in that area and lesions on his back. It turns out that he has been suffering from mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis. A young man working at a homeless shelter suddenly feels sharp pain in his back. It appears to be a simple back injury, but the pain is extremely sharp and spreads to his hands and arms. He also gets red spots on his skin from a condition called vasculitis. After many tests, it becomes clear that he has rat-bite fever. A school-aged boy suddenly developsa headache after spending time at a friend's house. At first, it doesn't appear to be an issue, but the boy's pain spreads to most of his body, he develops a fever, and he is even found completely unconscious. It turns out that the boy has been suffering from a condition called valley fever.

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