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Paradise, but wear shoes... #47240
01/16/02 08:48 PM
01/16/02 08:48 PM
Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 25
Washington, DC, USA
Plunk Offline OP
Plunk  Offline OP
We were in SP for Xmas week, and had a fantastic time at Sunbreeze.

About 10 days after our return, my son Chip's feet started to itch like which point I remembered and reviewed the previous discussion thread about cutaneous larva migrans.

Chip did not have the "tracks" usually associated with this li'l pest --just a distinct little bump on the sole of each foot. Our pediatrician dismissed my suggestion that it was probably "ancylostoma duodenale" or "nector americanus" (better known to his friends as "hookworm"), but guess what? I took two $100 consults to get to a third $150 consult to learn --yes, you guessed it: the Ambergris Caye Message Board had provided the final answer FIRST.

It's pretty easy to treat, so don't worry. Just wear shoes and sandals when you can down there. And if you do get that sever itch: tell you doc what it is and if he/she disagrees, bet 'em their fee!! You might save the $350 I had to spend.

To see the whole earlier thread, search for "migrans".

Re: Paradise, but wear shoes... #47241
01/17/02 12:37 AM
01/17/02 12:37 AM
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 20
Bozeman, MT USA
makedesigns Offline
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Wow -- thanks for the advice.... hadn't heard anything about that yet. Sure will wear my flip-flops everywhere!!!

Glad you had a great vacation... looking forward to the same in May.

Re: Paradise, but wear shoes... #47242
01/20/02 11:12 AM
01/20/02 11:12 AM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 67
Bad Dog Offline
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Greetings Plunk,

We were also in San Pedro the same time and I was amazed at the number of people walking barefooted. A couple of times we suggested that this practice was not smart at all. Received a couple of weird responces and then stopped.

We did have a chance later in our stay to walk barefooted in the sand at Jaguar Reef Lodge, south of Hopkins Village. Great little place with a very clean beach that is swimable.

The Original Bad Dog
Re: Paradise, but wear shoes... #47243
01/20/02 11:52 AM
01/20/02 11:52 AM
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Posts: 72,984
oregon, spr
Marty Online happy

Marty  Online Happy
i go barefoot the whole time i'm in town and i never have any problems.

Re: Paradise, but wear shoes... #47244
01/20/02 01:32 PM
01/20/02 01:32 PM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 18
San Francisco, California, USA
alcmaeon Offline
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Anywhere you have dogs running free doing their biz you run the chance of worms. Sandals will not help either as they let sand and dust get in between your soles and the sandal. But honestly, don't worry about it, its not that comman. You run the same risk of eating or drinking something with a lil bug in it and even that doesn't happen as much as comman wisdom would suggest. Remember, you could get West Nile Virus in New York City or Detroit, but odds are its not going to happen.

Re: Paradise, but wear shoes... #47245
01/20/02 08:50 PM
01/20/02 08:50 PM
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Posts: 2,976
bedford tx usa
rickcheri Offline
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Yea Marty!! Rick and I kick off our shoes at "Tropic" and don't put them back on for atleast 10 days...never a problem like this!!?? Then AA makes us put our shoes back on to fly home!!!

Re: Paradise, but wear shoes... #47246
01/20/02 10:35 PM
01/20/02 10:35 PM
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 81
Rhon Offline
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Well Rickcheri these days AA will want you to take your shoes off so don't worry. Seriously when we were there last we all had our shoes off for most of the time there with no problems. 25 days and counting......Rhonda [Linked Image]

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