Travel Medicines To Take Before Going On International TripBookmark this
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
- 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
- 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...