Are you planning a trip abroad this very period or summer? I so much believe that a well-traveled journey is a journey well planned. That’s why it’s helpful for travelers to reduce the serious health risks they may encounter during their journey. This will not only help them to stay healthy during their journey but will also prepare them well to enjoy their time spent abroad. The following are some few tips to consider.
Seek out a travel medicine clinic to help you determine which immunizations you will need in order to travel to certain regions of the world. These clinics provide consults on the specific countries you will be traveling to and can provide you the most up-to-date information on current disease outbreaks and country requirements for entry prior to travel.
FOOD AND DRINK TO TAKE
Ingesting contaminated food and drink is the most common cause of illness among travelers. Depending on location, all water is considered contaminated, including ice. It’s a healthy culture and well recommended that you only drink water from sealed bottles or water that you have boiled and cooled prior to drinking. This may include hot tea or coffee made with boiled water. Additionally, canned or bottled carbonated beverages, beer or wine are safe to drink if they are sealed prior to consuming. Regarding food consumption, raw food is likely to be contaminated by fertilizers and poor handling. Try avoiding salads, uncooked vegetables and unpasteurized milk products. Only eat cooked food that is still hot.
Diarrhea is one of nature’s ways of ridding the body of noxious agents. That is, diarrhea causes the body to lose a lot of fluid. If you end up with travelers’ diarrhea, fluid replacement is the best treatment. Drink clear fluids with electrolytes and consume foods such as rice, noodles, plain crackers and bananas. If it’s a mild case, discontinue the use of alcohol and limit dairy products. If you are experiencing more moderate to severe symptoms such as fever, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting you can treat using antibiotics available. Consult with a travel medicine clinic or your family doctor prior to traveling, so you have the appropriate medication.
ANIMALS AND INSECTS
Viral illnesses such as Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue fever are caused by the bite of infected mosquitoes, which are present in many countries around the world. When such is the case, use insect repellents as well as pre-treating clothing with permethrin spray. Avoid contacting animals with fur and teeth, including bats. If you are bitten or come in contact with saliva, scrub the area immediately with plain soap and clean water for 10 minutes.
However, by planning ahead and anticipating potential risk prior to your trip, you will be able to feel confident in knowing that you are well prepared to enjoy your journey abroad.