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WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET SICK ABROAD

Photo Credit Bob Staake

Getting sick can put a damper on any vacation, but it can be especially unsettling and even scary when it happens in another country. Here, Matthew Klapetzky, a registered nurse and the clinical director of Passport Health[1], the travel clinic at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, shares tips on what to do if illness hits you while abroad.

Pack a First-Aid Kit

The majority of minor health issues that international travelers contend with can easily be self-treated with a good first-aid kit, Mr. Klapetzky said. It should include an anti-diarrhea medication such as Imodium A-D or Pepto-Bismol because diarrhea is the most common ailment among travelers from the United States and hits around half of them. This happens when your body gets a stomach bug as a reaction to a natural bacteria of a given land, and though its not usually serious, it lasts two to four days and can be extremely dehydrating, he said.

Other musts in the kit: ibuprofen to reduce fevers, muscle inflammation and joint pain; bandages in assorted sizes along ...

News source: The New York Times

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