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    Feet Swelling in Aruba

    A friend made a posting on a FB page inquiring about swollen feet when she is in Aruba.
    Her situation is so bad that she is usually confined to bed for a day or 2.
    She has no medical conditions that cause this.

    She and her physician think it is from excessive salty food, salt in the ocean, and not being able to get her feet up often enough.

    I have never experienced this but I can imagine that it is quite uncomfortable and not looking real good.

    Do any of you have feet swelling when in Aruba? If you do, what are some remedies?

    She does read this forum but does not post. I don't know why.

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    The only swelling is my belling from all the eating and drinking.

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    No...but She should get a second opinion...there may be some underlying cause other than salt water...unless she never goes to the beach anywhere else and never has salty food. I’d be worried.


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    per her posting it only happens in aruba 1x a year.

    others are talking about it happening too and are talking about the salty food.

    I agree with you Bri!
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    No...but She should get a second opinion...there may be some underlying cause other than salt water...unless she never goes to the beach anywhere else and never has salty food. I’d be worried.

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    Yes, I have experienced very bad swelling in my feet. I think it may be a combination of salt in food/drinking. I never use salt in my food or cooking and for some strange reason used to enjoy it on my eggs benedict each morning. Also I hardly drink at home, in Aruba I drink every day and lots of drinks including frozen. One year it was so bad I could not put my shoes on, actually bought a pair of croc like shoes which were not comfy. I actually have a picture of my feet/swollen legs,not pretty at all. I now, never use salt in Aruba, if I do it is close to last day or two, I try to drink mostly beer (with lots of ice) and haven't had that problem since. It is not fun, I asked my PCP for a pill one year, he gave me a water type pill but after reading the side effects I chickened out and never took it, plus it said to avoid sun (hello)!!!

    Now if I could just avoid those nasty bites I get, bug spray and all. Just realized I'm painting a real pretty picture of myself, really not as bad as it sounds (lol) Hope you friend can find some relief, if she is a salt user I would start there.

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    If it only happened in Aruba and it caused me that much pain I would be in bed for several days...as much as I love Aruba I would not be visiting. I would do everything I could to rectify the problem or give up Aruba...I can't even believe I typed those words.

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    per her posting it only happens in aruba 1x a year.

    others are talking about it happening too and are talking about the salty food.

    I agree with you Bri!

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    Happens to me every year. Especially first few days. Not bad enough to confine me to bed but it is uncomfortable and can’t get most sandals on. I have found that Diurex helps. Last year I bought water pills from the pharmacy at the cove and they were very effective.


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    Kim does it only happen on aruba vacations?

    my friend only flys 1x a year and it is only to aruba and it is the only time it happens.

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    It happened in Cancun but milder. I travel within the US for work every year and I don’t notice it so much. I do think it has a lot to do with the salty air, water, food and drinking all day.


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    Wow. So this happens to others. I’m not one to add extra salt to my food but I never found the food in Aruba particularly salty. I drink a lot of water because of the heat, but maybe it’s a combination of salt, heat and humidity?


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