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Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

  1. Do not eat raw, uncooked, peeled fruit or food from a street vendor.
  2. Do not drink un-pasteurized milk or milk products. Boil it, cook, peel it, or forget it!
  3. Drink only bottled water, with or without carbonation. If you have to drink tap water, boil it vigorously for a few minutes and let it cool before drinking. Do not use ice in drinks.
  4. If eating fresh fruit, only eat those that have a peel on it and that you have washed and peeled yourself (i.e. bananas, oranges).
  5. Use insect repellant with DEET 30-50% (CDC Guidelines), wear light-weight clothing with long sleeves and full pant legs, covering arms, legs, feet, and head when outdoors. Mosquitos are out more at dusk and dawn so avoid those times if possible. Use mosquito netting over beds if no air conditioning or screens on the windows. If you are going to an area with Malaria, a prophylactic medication may be prescribed to you. Many of these medications can have various side effects that your provider will discuss with you.
  6. Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Take antibacterial cleanser with you.
  7. Use sun block with SPF 15 or greater, especially if taking Doxycycline for Malaria Prophylaxis because it can make you more photosensitive. Doxycycline can also cause some nausea or upset stomach. It is recommended that you take it with a meal each day.
  8. Avoid swimming in fresh water - salt water and pools that are chlorinated should be safe.
  9. Do not handle or pet animals if possible.
  10. Traveler's diarrhea: You should take some Imodium or Pepto Bismol with you on your trip. If you develop more severe diarrhea you can take the antibiotic given to you, usually Cipro or Azithromycin. It is important to keep well-hydrated if this happens. If you develop blood in your stool or have a fever, you should not take the Imodium or Pepto Bismol--instead seek medical attention.
  11. Before you leave on your trip, go to the CDC website for complete traveler's health information and travel advisories.
  12. Remember to take enough of your regular medications with you in labeled bottles.
  13. If you have ever had an allergic reaction take Benadryl and your epi pen with you.