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During their week-long stay at the resort, the couple strolled barefoot along the golden sands, basking under the tropical sun.
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“For a lot of our trip, we found that we were scratching our feet quite a bit,” Zytner told CTV News in a telephone interview. “Sand fleas we had heard about so we kind of assumed it was that at first.”
The couple didn’t think much about the itchiness until they got back home.
On Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, a day after returning home from the Caribbean, Zytner noticed a swelling in his feet, and by the weekend, it only got worse. There were painful blisters on his toes, and the severe swelling made him unable to put on his shoes or socks. To make matters worse, he needed assistance while walking.
Troubled by this condition, Zytner then sought medical attention from two doctors; however, they were unsure about his condition and sent him home with bandages.
“I had a lot of itchiness during the trip,” Stephens said. “I think I might have complained about it a little bit more that my feet were really itchy, but mine didn’t start swelling and everything until about the Sunday night.”
Thankfully, this time around, the doctor knew exactly what they had contracted.
“When I went back to the hospital Monday we were very, very fortunate the doctor in the ER had seen this before – 10 years ago and from a tourist returning from Thailand,” Zytner wrote in a Facebook post.
“I have dozens of worms in my feet, and so does Katie,” Zytner told the Windsor Star.
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“The hookworm eggs come out of the stool and hatch in the sand or soil, where they live until an unsuspecting human walks on them barefoot,” Bobbi Pritt, M.D., Director of the Clinical Parasitology Lab and Co-Director of Vector-Borne Diseases Lab Services in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Lab Medicine and Pathology, told MedPage Today.
“The foot will become very itchy and inflamed, but you can actually tell where the larva is migrating through the skin because it creates red, squiggly raised lines in the shape of a serpent,” Dr. Pritt added.
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To cure this, the couple had to take a drug called ivermectin. But the drug isn’t licensed for sales in Canada, so their doctor reported their case and sent photos of their feet to Health Canada in order to get medication.
Zytner explained: “I don’t know how much worse it has to be for them to approve it. People have passed away from (parasitic infections).”
To obtain the required medication, Zytner’s mother drove down to Detroit, United States, and paid CAD$88 for ivermectin.
“Our blisters have gone down quite a bit … The worms are dead by now. Or they should be,” Zytner said.
“If your feet become incredibly itchy please get it checked out right away since we simply thought it was just bug bites and it became worse as each day passed,” she added.
由 Eddie Zytner 发布于 2018年1月23日周二