Woman Returns Home From Vacation To Discover She Received Grossest Memento Imaginable

Everyone can use a little rest and relaxation. Kicking back at home or in the back yard sometimes just isn’t enough to do the trick, and those situations call for some more extreme measures. A well-planned vacation can be just the thing to recharge your batteries, and particularly fun ones can fill you with more than enough memories to allow you to plow through until the next one. Some of those memories may come in the form of mementos you bring home with you, but this woman brought home something she really wishes she hadn’t.

As the Daily Mail shares, an unidentified 45-year-old enjoyed a great vacation on a Caribbean beach. Those that are fans of vacationing in tropical paradises know that the Caribbean is one of the best spots you can pick, as there’s just something about that island vibe that ensures relaxation. We’ll assume it did the trick for the woman in that regard, but she’d also find that there was something else that occurred in her memorable trip. It was kind of out of the ordinary, to say the least.

In fact, it was so out of the ordinary that the woman’s case is the subject of a new study that was published in the The Journal of Emergency Medicine. So what happened? Our traveling woman brought home a little company with her - a parasitic worm that had buried itself in her skin.

Everything was fine when she first returned home, but she would develop a rash on her knee that got progressively worse. After about two weeks, she would notice that the rash had become raised, as she developed several itchy bumps on her knee. That prompted her to take a trip to the doctor, and she was sent to the emergency room from that point.

Doctors would discover that their patient was suffering from a parasitic infection known as cutaneous larva migrans, which will typically only infect dogs or cats. Details are sketchy on exactly how the woman became infected, but hookworms thrive in warm climates and can bury themselves in human skin before making their way to the large intestine.

Thankfully, the traveling woman caught it before it got to that point. She’s been treated with an anti-parasitic drug and said to be doing fine. She now has one heck of a reminder of her Caribbean vacation to boot.

Source: Mail Online
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