Doctors shocked after man's head balloons during trip to beach

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A man has left doctors shocked after he developed a swollen head following a trip to the beach.

Caner Arik, 33, reportedly visited the sea two days in a row before noticing on the third day that his face was swollen and his features were distorted.

Mr Arik, from Istanbul in Turkey, was visiting his hometown of Zonguldak – a four hour drive away – and visited the Zonguldak Bulent Ecevit University (ZBEU) Health Application and Research Centre on August 24th after noticing his disfigurement,

He was examined by numerous doctors, including Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr Abdullah Cuneyt Hocagi.

Photo shows Caner Arik, 33, with his head swelled up, undated photo. Doctors said the disease is called 'heat oedema', which is usually seen in the hands and feet, occurred on Ark's scalp. (CEN)
Caner Arik noticed his forehead and face had ballooned after spending days at the beach, which had doctors stumped. Source: CEN/Australscope

The results of the examination revealed that Mr Arik’s extremely rare ailment was caused by heat oedema, which is usually only seen on feet and hands but in this case occurred on his scalp.

Heat oedemas are usually caused by a build-up of fluids that move into the hands and legs due to gravity and are caused by expanded blood vessels due to high temperatures, according to the University of Michigan.

"We have never encountered such a case before," Dr Hocagi said.

"We will publish this situation as a rare heat-induced skin oedema on the scalp at an international congress.

"After excluding the causes of localised oedema in the body, we decided that the swelling on the forehead of the patient was a 'heat oedema'."

Filyos Beach in Zonguldak, Turkey
Mr Arik had been visiting his hometown of Zonguldak in Turkey when the strange illness occurred. Source: Getty/File

Dr Hocagi said that the incident occurred during an extremely humid period in Turkey and that Mr Arik had started treatment.

"This happened when our patient was lying by the sea, while he was wearing a hat that would prevent circulation," he added.

"That's why it's an interesting case."

Mr Arik is reportedly recovering at home after permission was obtained to conduct a scientific study on his illness.

Doctors believe his symptoms will soon pass.

- Australscope

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