Man Asks Docs About Mark On Foot, Is HORRIFIED By The Truth
You want to see exotic places around the world, do you? Want to lie on sandy beaches in tropical locales?
Sure, sounds like fun. You might even take a souvenir home, like this guy from China did.
From the Daily Mail:
An unnamed 42-year-old man had an itchy, odd mark on his foot and decided to go get it checked out by a doctor. However, when the doctor took a look at the mark, which somewhat resembled a varicose vain, they immediately knew what it was, and it left the man a bit horrified.
The man had the itchy rash-like mark on his foot for approximately a month before he finally got up the nerve to go see a doctor. When he made an appointment at the Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, he went in prepared to complain about his foot.
When doctors asked what the problem was, he explained that he had something that resembled a varicose vein that would randomly “move” over his foot. “It appeared to ‘migrate,’ moving a few millimeters to a few centimeters daily,” he explained, according to Daily Mail. Of course, he informed them that the weird mark had begun after he returned from a vacation in Nigeria.
Of course, his doctors took the time to examine the man’s foot. It definitely didn’t look much like a rash, but it appeared more like a red, raised tract that was wavy across his foot. Doctors then gave the horrifying news to the man. He had cutaneous larva migrans, a parasitic skin infection caused by hookworm larvae.
Hookworms. Gross, right?
The good news is they can’t burrow any further than the outside layers of your skin, so this isn’t a particularly life-threatening condition. The bad news is…gross, right?
As Daily Mail explained, these hook worms generally live in the intestines of dogs and cats, where their eggs are excreted through the animal’s feces. Obviously, humans can become infected through contact with the animal’s waste. However, this particular parasite remains on the outer layer of skin because it’s unable to burrow deeper into the human body. These types of “rashes” are commonly found on the feet, back, buttocks, thighs, or the abdomen. Thankfully, the man was given an anti-parasitic drug and was rid of the pesky parasite within two weeks.
Cutaneous larva migrans is a frequently seen skin disease among travelers who have recently visited tropical countries. It must be treated immediately, or it can cause blisters or an allergic reaction within the host. The only way to decrease the chance of being infected is to only lie on sand washed by the water or on a towel. You should avoid lying directly on dry sand.
Or maybe take your vacations in places more prominently described as “First World” rather than “Third World.”