Tell Your Doctor Where You’ve Walked With Bare Feet

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Daniel K., who built on last week’s tip about what to tell your doctor if you feel sick after traveling:

“In addition to places where you go swimming, it is important to mention where you have walked with bare feet. There are many beaches where animals, including dogs, cats and pigs, walk freely on the beach. Parasites contained in their stool can burrow through the feet and work their way into your intestines, lungs and other organs where they can cause a lot of problems.

“Remember, doctors are not mind readers and can’t possibly know everything that you may have come in contact with. They cannot rely on routine blood tests since you have to know what specific tests to order, depending on the all-important history.”

A great tip. Thanks, Daniel!




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2 Comments on "Tell Your Doctor Where You’ve Walked With Bare Feet"

  1. This is such a good tip. My number one concern while travelling is my health and I have never thought of this. Thanks!

  2. Wow, scary. I’ll never take off my socks again.

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