Is there anything better than digging your toes into the warm sand on some beautiful, exotic beach? Well there is if that beach is riddled with hookworms that hope to burrow into your feet and make their way to your small intestine. If you do a lot of travelling to warm, humid locales, here's how you can avoid these nasty little things.
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Before you have kids, the beach is easy. You amble down with nothing but a towel and a bottle of water; maybe you bring an umbrella and stick it in the sand with the ease of Zeus tossing a thunderbolt. Sun protection is a big hat and a dab of sunscreen. But once you procreate? Hannibal crossed the Alps with less effort and gear than it takes to get kids to the shore.
Earlier this month, a child in the US died a week after apparently aspirating water while wading with his family. The media has called this a case of "dry drowning", also called "secondary" or "delayed" drowning, in which a person initially seems fine after inhaling water but then dies hours or days later.
You've probably heard that you're supposed to urinate on a jellyfish sting, or perhaps pour alcohol on the affected area before scraping the stingers away. But a recent study suggests most of those home remedies, including the golden shower, don't work. And some of them can actually make things much worse for the victim.