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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, 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 ...