Travel Medicines To Take Before Going On International Trip

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March 13, 2019

Be prepared for anything while traveling.........

With the ever increasing growth in the international traveling, the concern about travel-related health issues is fast becoming a necessary checkpoint along with passport, visas, and itineraries before traveling.

Whether it is the pre-travel vaccinations or the travel medicine kit, travel medicine has become a highly dynamic specialty healthcare area, because of growing awarenesses of the acquirable diseases and injuries in the country they are planning to travel.

This necessitates a comprehensive risk assessment for each individual traveler on the basis of his/her existing health conditions, chances of catching diseases (immunity level), itinerary and destination-specific risks and also advise the traveler on the most appropriate risk interventions to promote health and prevent adverse health outcomes during travel.

Travel medicine kit

  • Necessary travel sickness medicines, for example, epinephrine and your epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen) if you are a patient of severe allergy.
  • Special prescription medicines for travel, such as medicines to prevent malaria, diarrhea, etc.
  •  Over-the-counter medicines:
    • Antidiarrheal medication 
    • Antihistamine
    • Decongestant, alone or in combination with an antihistamine
    • Anti-motion sickness medication
    • Medicine for pain or fever (such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen
    • Mild laxative
    • Cough suppressant/expectorant
    • Cough drops
    • Antacid
    • Antifungal and antibacterial ointments or creams
    • 1% hydrocortisone cream

Other important items that should be found in your travel medicine kit includes - 

  • Insect repellent that contains  DEET(30%-50%) or  picaridin(up to 15%)
  • Antibacterial hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen (preferably SPF 15 or greater) that has both UVA and UVB protection
  • Lubricating eye drops

There can be different pre-travel vaccinations, either general types or specific to the country of travel. Click here to read more...