Swelling Of Ankels And Feet From Saltwater At The Ocean.

Question

Asked by Carol Terrian

Swelling Of Ankels And Feet From Saltwater At The Ocean.

I was told by a doctor in Cancun I had an allergy to saltwater just from the salt in the air not even having to go in the water. My ankels and feet swell so bad the skin cracks. Is this possible ???

Answer

I have not heard of a malady like that, but it doesn't mean it isn't possible.

You should see another doctor, preferably an allergist who is more familiar with various kinds of allergies and testing for them.

In general,it's unlikely that people are allergic to sea water or sea salt, according to information I found from the Amercian Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

There is a reaction known as "seabather's eruption," a rash that happens after someone is exposed to ocean water and usually covers the area of the body covered by the bathing suit (although children may have reactions all over). According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the rash may be caused by an organism that may be too tiny to see, but will eventually grow into an adult sea anemones called Edwardsiella lineata. Some sea anemones can hurt people with poisonous stings, but I'm not sure if this particular anemone does that. In any event, the researchers suspect that the tiny larval stage of this anemone may be what causes the rash.

Still, your problem is with your ankles, not the bathing suit area.