I’ve been meaning to update ya’ll for over a month but haven’t.
On June 6, I received my third dose of hookworm larvae. This was my second dose of 50. They were alive and well. (cuz summer!) So, if all worms have persevered, I’m now hosting 135 of them in my gut.
And here’s a picture of the inoculation rash at day 4!
Lovely, isn’t it? It was slightly painful this time around. A good portion of my forearm was swollen and bruised. And the itch! Yikes. It was bad this time. Those of us who brave helminthic therapy seem to have more severe skin reactions with each consecutive dose.
And since I haven’t posted any progress notes from the ‘hookworm timeline’, I’ll do that to keep things interesting and more informative.
Although some hosts have reported experiencing the start of long-lasting improvement at 7 or 8 weeks, the worms only really start to ‘work’, and symptoms begin to ease, at around 12 weeks. Allergies and asthma, in particular, generally (but not always) resolve between the 11th and 13th weeks. By week 20, the worms are usually in their stride.
I’m now at week 24. So quite honestly, I can still improve from here.
I’ve had a few mild eczema flares on my hands and arms. These flares have been coming and going since March. I’ve had zero episodes of urticaria or hives since about February. The hives were pretty unbearable and I’m hoping they’re gone for good.
And! I recently did an interview with an online tech magazine about helminthic therapy and my progress thus far. It was pretty exciting, I’m not gonna lie. I’ll keep you posted on that article if/when it’s published.