Everyone needs to be very careful about where they go walking barefoot. If you find yourself in questionable surroundings, and you're not sure about how sanitary the place is, it’s best to throw on a pair of slippers insterad of risking the chance of contracting a hookworm.
What are hookworms?
Hookworms are parasites that attach themselves to the skin and infect the body. Their larvae usually hide in human feces and can be spread around the nearby area.
Most people usually get infected with hookworm by walking barefoot on the contaminated soil. Some symptoms include rash, loss of appetite, dizziness, stomach pain, and fever.
Everyone must beware
A Memphis mom, Kelli Dumas, was happy to have her son return from a mission trip to Florida, but she was greeted with a very unpleasant souvenir he brought with him.
Upon coming home, Michael, Kelli’s son, started complaining about a pain in his ear. Several days later, they were shocked to discover weird rash on his thigh and foot. It turned out the 17-year-old had hookworms.
Kelli immediately sought medical help. It cost her a pretty penny and the entire treatment was a less than enjoyable experience for Michael.
Dumas published a post on her Facebook page to warn others and spread awareness about the dangerous parasites:
He is in pain and this is AWFUL. Never be buried in sand or allow your children to be either! I am only showing a few pictures because it is so disturbing. Please, please pray for him to heal. Also feel free to SHARE THIS POST AND WARN OTHERS.
Michael is expected to make a full recovery and he is already planning a trip to Ghana next year.
How to prevent it?
Although hookworms mostly inhabit parts of Africa, Central America, and Asia, no one is safe from encountering the nasty parasite.
Beaches are a number-one danger area, so everyone must be aware and prepared.
Here’s what you need to do in order to avoid getting infected:
1. Wear sandals or flip flops on the beach
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2. Put down the towel before sitting down on the sand
3. Thoroughly wash your feet after getting in contact with soil
Stay safe and don’t forget your footwear!