Katie Stephens and Eddie Zytner took a week to sun at the IFA Villas Bavaro Resort in early January.
The majority of the symptoms began when they left Punta Cana.
"We want to make it known to more doctors what it is, what to look for and stuff because it took us a few trips to the hospital to find out what it was", said Zytner. She tells that as they had listened about the sand fleas they take it in the same way for the first time. By the weekend, the swelling had gotten worse, and there were small bumps on his toes.
Two doctors were stumped by what was causing the swelling, but Zytner said a third doctor recognized the condition, as he had recently seen a similar case from a tourist who traveled to Thailand Zytner said that his feet are progressively getting better each day, and the couple's next step is to see a specialist to determine what treatment they need for the skin damage on their feet Hookworms are a parasitic infection that can cause diarrhoea, abdominal pain and feelings of lethargy, file photo, . By Sunday evening, Stephens' feet also began to swell.
Stephens, 22, said, "I had a lot of itchiness during the trip".
Bring a little bit anxious - as they should have been, considering those pictures, they went to seek medical attention, but it was only the third doctor that had any idea what was wrong with them, thanks to previous patient having contracted hookworms - or larva migrans - from a beach in Thailand. Emily and Eddie say they think they caught hookworms while walking barefoot on the beach at the resort where they were staying.
"Good hygiene standards and effective sewage disposal systems are the reason hookworm infections aren't commonly seen in developed countries such as the United Kingdom, although they may still be a problem in some Mediterranean countries".
Zytner told the website that his request for the medicines was denied.
Stephens also complained that the health care system in Canada did not cover the medication she needed, although she later added, "I would like to stress we had awesome health care from our doctors to our nurses, nurse practitioners and pharmacists". "At that point, that's when we freaked out a little", she said.
But a doctor who possessed a dual-nation licence helped Zytner and Stephens to get the required medications in the United States, the website reported.
Not accepting the defeat, the mother of Zytner crossed the frontiers and drove from Ontario to Detroit, Michigan, to buy the medication. "They said our case wasn't severe enough to get the medication". Both 20-somethings have been using crutches to walk around, CTV News reported, but thanks to the medication they are starting to se improvement.
The couple have since obtained medication from the USA to treat the condition (the drug wasn't licensed in Canada) and have seen some improvement in their feet. Stephens pleaded on Facebook last week after receiving the diagnosis.
In a post on Facebook, Stephens wrote that "if your feet become incredibly itchy, please get it checked out right away".