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Couple On Caribbean Beach Gets Nasty Rashes After Worms Buried Into Their Bums

Beware when walking barefoot on sandy beaches.

It was supposed to be a relaxing Caribbean getaway for one couple but it turned out to be a nasty experience that they had to be sent to the hospital. After enjoying their holiday on the Martinique beach, the unnamed couple contracted burning rashes on their backsides.

The 52-year-old woman started to feel a burning sensation on her buttocks before pinprick markings began appearing the next day. Her husband, on the other hand, also developed an itchy rash after stopping by the island while they were on a cruise holiday.

The woman woke up to find this nasty rash on her behind.

Source: BMJ
Her husband had it too, but not as bad.

Doctors aboard the cruise ship had given the woman some antibiotics, steroid creams and antifungal agents. However, all these treatments proved to be ineffective. The woman’s rash worsened within 10 days after the first symptoms appeared. By that time, her husband told her that he, too, had similar problems.

The couple’s case was published in the British Medical Journal. It was then found out that the pair had contracted the parasitic infection called, cutaneous larva migrans, which is caused by hookworm larvae.

Doctors at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, led by Dr. Douglas Maslin wrote that the husband’s rash was noted to have “equivalent distribution and morphology.”

Cutaneous larva migrans usually affect animals.

Source: Eraxion
But they can also infect humans.

Source: JAMA Network

The couple was then given an anti-parasitic drug that targets worms and also scabies and head lice. After five days, the woman was brought to the hospital with complaints of a dry cough and shortness of breath. Later on, the husband also had the same symptoms.

Doctors then found they had inflammation of the lungs, a condition called hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which may have been caused by worms able to reach the lungs. The patients received another dose of their medication, and after which, they started to feel better.

The hookworm larvae can penetrate into the human skin. Common symptoms include burning red spots, especially at the site of entry. Itchy rashes will soon follow.

Walking barefoot on beaches is one way of getting infected by the hookworm larvae.

Also, unknowingly stepping on feces-contaminated soil can cause infection. The particular condition caused by the parasites is also called creeping infection since the larvae can burrow deep in the skin’s surface and create red tracks or lines that are itchy. Dr. Maslin’s team said that, although the sole of the feet is the most common site of infection, it can still happen anywhere in the body.

99 Comments

  1. Trish Smith

    January 17, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    I don’t think they got that just by “walking”on the beach.

  2. Ivan Alfonsos Mcmahon

    January 17, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Were you abroad Tony Mac Mahon

  3. Clinton Mendoza

    January 17, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Ruthzel

  4. JaNe JiRo

    January 17, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Theo W Den Brinker Natcha Archagraisorn Wissanu Archagraisorn WoraNun Archagraisorn 😲😲😲

  5. Rose Tasa

    January 17, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Ainie Santos Gonzales

  6. Callistus Aloysius

    January 17, 2018 at 2:47 PM

    That might be a qualifier for that country being a “shithole”.

  7. Trish Baziniak

    January 17, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    ouch , glad you got it all dealt with would be a itchy thing! Yikes

  8. Shirley Williams

    January 17, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    💣💣💣💣💣

  9. Rhys Melanie P. Yap

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    What do you expect? They bury their trash in the sand!

  10. Jairus Miguel Cruz

    January 17, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Queen Quiwa 😱

  11. Sarah Jane Guiao Zablan

    January 17, 2018 at 2:14 PM

    Rénald Sunset

  12. Chona Nabong

    January 17, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    Bot Maybituin hilig mo pa magtapak

  13. Nole Nole

    January 17, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Anjo Labor

  14. Dennis Brown

    January 17, 2018 at 1:43 PM

    If you’re not in the privacy of your home keep your damn shorts, swim/bathing suit on!

  15. Ja Cq Bfb

    January 17, 2018 at 1:40 PM

    Leon

  16. Linda Kahler

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    We talking about feet? 😂

  17. Regina Basilio

    January 17, 2018 at 12:58 PM

    🙏

  18. Robert Wan

    January 17, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    Scary

  19. Daniel Winikerei

    January 17, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    Chichi Rojasrivaplata Winikerei

  20. Astig Gai

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    Away Wad Ok

  21. Natalie Fox

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    Shelbie Shanks😬

  22. Agnes Koh

    January 17, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    Why take off clothes at the beach especially exposing bums..lol..🤣

  23. Josie Herico Pascual

    January 17, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    Omg

  24. Aida Syazrina

    March 5, 2018 at 4:51 AM

    Those worms can even reach human lungs..so dangerous 😱😱😱

  25. Norma Bruce

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    wow

  26. Tony Snow

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    Funny looking foot – feet

  27. Troy Kirschner

    March 5, 2018 at 4:51 AM

    Just got this being on a beach…hookworms…is no where safe anymore.

  28. Denise Smith

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    NO sex on the beach! hahah

  29. Ruben Sanchez

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    Are they both males?????

  30. Roxy K Stein

    March 5, 2018 at 4:51 AM

    Why did I have to see this on my feed? What the hell facebook!

  31. Sherry Renee

    March 5, 2018 at 3:08 AM

    Is that how their buttocks are really shaped? Scary!!!

  32. Trish Smith

    March 5, 2018 at 4:51 AM

    I don’t think they got that just by “walking”on the beach.

  33. Ivan Alfonsos Mcmahon

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    Were you abroad Tony Mac Mahon

  34. Clinton Mendoza

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    Ruthzel

  35. JaNe JiRo

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    Theo W Den Brinker Natcha Archagraisorn Wissanu Archagraisorn WoraNun Archagraisorn 😲😲😲

  36. Rose Tasa

    March 5, 2018 at 4:51 AM

    Ainie Santos Gonzales

  37. Callistus Aloysius

    March 5, 2018 at 4:51 AM

    That might be a qualifier for that country being a “shithole”.

  38. Trish Baziniak

    March 5, 2018 at 3:08 AM

    ouch , glad you got it all dealt with would be a itchy thing! Yikes

  39. Shirley Williams

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    💣💣💣💣💣

  40. Jairus Miguel Cruz

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    Queen Quiwa 😱

  41. Sarah Jane Guiao Zablan

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    Rénald Sunset

  42. Chona Nabong-Maybituin

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    Bot Maybituin hilig mo pa magtapak

  43. Nole Nole

    March 5, 2018 at 4:51 AM

    Anjo Labor

  44. Dennis Brown

    March 5, 2018 at 4:51 AM

    If you’re not in the privacy of your home keep your damn shorts, swim/bathing suit on!

  45. Ja Cq Bfb

    March 5, 2018 at 3:58 AM

    Leon

  46. Regina Basilio

    March 5, 2018 at 4:51 AM

    🙏

  47. Robert Wan

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    Scary

  48. Daniel Winikerei

    March 5, 2018 at 4:51 AM

    Chichi Rojasrivaplata Winikerei

  49. Agnes Koh

    March 5, 2018 at 3:08 AM

    Why take off clothes at the beach especially exposing bums..lol..🤣

  50. Josie Herico Pascual

    March 5, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    Omg

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