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Sneezing on a Plane: Health Tips for Foreign Travel During the Holidays

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Dr. Daniel Smith.WELLNESSJourneying in another country is an experience that can be exhilarating, enlightening, wonderful, overwhelming, frustrating and disheartening all at the same time. One of the aspects of foreign travel that can be most challenging is remaining healthy. Montezuma’s revenge, parasites, rashes, mosquito borne illnesses and cholera are but a few of the common conditions that can make a traveler’s life wretched.  However, mainstream medicine, alternative medicine and of course common sense offer insights that will help keep you healthy and hardy. Before you leave, think about the basics. Are you going to be in an urban or remote area? What kinds of things are you going to be doing there? Are you going to be eating in hotels or native food? Traveling with children? Are you a risk taker when you travel? These answers will give you an indication of what your exposure levels might be. The Center for Disease Control is an excellent (albeit in my view conservative) resource for health information regarding most countries. Vaccinations, use of anti-malarial medications, and necessity of antibiotics should all be responsibly considered.  Click here to continue reading…

 

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