Montezuma's Revenge Prophylaxis

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Published: 07th December 2010
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It is commonly advised by travel agents and experienced travelers to exotic and tropical climates, that your chances of gastrointestinal illnesses will be greatly reduced if you follow the adage "boil it, cook it,peel the food item or forget all about eating that appealing or non appealing item on your plate"

Medical insurance is a smart investment when you travel considering the cost of being ill unexpectedly in another country. If you suspect that you do seriously have acquired malaria or are exhibiting symptoms, make it a top priority to seek out medical care. If medical care is not available within 48 hours , don't be a hero and wait. If you are smart , prepared and carrying anti-malarial drugs and medications start self treatment asap. The most basic essential to bring along is a first-aid kit. It can easily be put together at home or purchased from the pharmacy or grocers. Bring an adequate supply of prescription medication and bring along your doctor's note in case the trip gets extended. If syringes and other medical apparatus are needed for personal use, get a certification from your physician and keep it with you. Travel insurance can help augment expenses if hospitalization or illness occurs abroad. This can save travelers a lot of money given the potential cost of treatment. One type of life-threatening disease that is commonly found in tropical countries is malaria. The parasite is transmitted through mosquito bites that occur during night time. When the malaria is left untreated, it can result to serious complications in organs like the lungs, liver and kidneys. Symptoms of malaria include weakness, abdominal pain, cough, diarrhea, muscle aches, chills, vomiting and fever. If medical attention is not given promptly, organ failure is a high possibility. Anyone travelling in a malaria-endemic location should go to a hospital to get checked upon having a fever. These symptoms can appear within two months of being bitten by a mosquito. Hepatitis A and Typhoid shots are recommended for individuals traveling to known areas that have poor sanitary conditions. Different places in the world have specific requirements. For example, one must have a proof of vaccination for yellow fever when traveling to sub-Saharan Africa and South America.

Tropical countries are the locations where common life-threatening diseases like Malaria are found. Mosquitoes that carry parasites are the culprits for this kind of disease. If left untreated, serious complications result to lung, kidney and liver damage. Symptoms can include chills, muscle aches, fever, headache, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and cough. Organ failure is the worst case scenario. Within two months of getting infected, the symptoms can start to show. At present, there is no vaccination available for malaria. The best defense against the disease is to protect oneself when traveling through areas where mosquitoes thrive. Its not only in the tropics that these little insects are a pest. Remarkably - or you have to appreciate the engineering of these well laid out and planned blood sucking machines - mosquitoes spread across the world originally from the Netherlands Holland. It can be said of the creator's creations mosquites , house flies and rats are not only pests to mankind but also remarkable feats of engineering in themsevles. Refrain from having outdoor activities after dark. Use long-sleeved shirts and pants between dusk and dawn.

DEET insect repellent should be used often in these unsafe areas. Breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women can safely use this product. It is not only mosquitoes and malaria that you should be concerned about. Consider as well "Lyme Disease" which is spread by simple ticks. Its not only in North America that Lyme

disease is an issue. The best way to prevent tick bites is to combine protection along with "chemical warfare". Cover as much exposed skin areas as conditions allow. Tucking long pants into socks is also highly effective. Treat outer clothing with insecticide permaethrin preferentially over other insect repellant agents and concoctions. Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer's instructions for these repellents. Mosquito nets can prevent bites especially during bed time.


Terry S Vostor Medical Tourism Resource

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