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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 9, 2011
  • 09:06 AM

My 15 yro daughter and I have just returned from a holiday in Majorca. Halfway through the week I had an irritating sore between my big and first toe which I thought was caused by wearing flip-flops. However, the 'sore' got worse and took the shape of a 1/3” scratch which became inflamed. Then I got what looked like another cut/scratch on the top of my other foot and then my calf went a patchy bright red which looked like sunburn-it felt hot. However, I had been intensely careful and was puzzled by the redness in one area only. The next day my toes, feet and ankles started to swell and became painful and I assumed this was due to the heat. However, on our last day my daughter's feet started swelling and she was in a lot of pain. Our journey home was a nightmare. I managed to help my daughter hobble onto the coach whist wincing at the pain in my own feet but by the time we got to the airport she could not walk on her feet at all. The airport staff were great and transferred her tot a wheelchair. I didn’t tell them about me for fear that that would refuse to take us on board. Once on the aeroplane another passenger gave us some Claritin and paraetamol but it didn’t help at all. The air stewardess said she thought we had been bitten by a sea creature. By the time we landed I was unable to stand either so now both of us were in a wheelchair. The airport special assistance team were great and got our cases. We were met at the airport by a friend and they took us both to casualty. The doctors determined we had been bitten and grilled us about where we had been and what we had done. Based on this they thought it was bed bugs. We have been prescribed Phenoxymethylpenicillin, and Flucloxacillin which we take four times per day. The swelling is going down but slowly and we both still have discomfort despite being home 2 days. I have searched the internet about bed bugs and there is no mention of such a dramatic reaction to a bite. The marks on both of us look more like little cuts/ scratch etc than anything else. I've considered it might be a marine creature bite, but what? We have many marks, felt no immediate pain at any time. It was gradual. Does anyone have any clue as to what might have attacked us?

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