*This post is contributed to Spicy Scribbler Blog
While getting sick when you are travelling is an awful experience, it’s also a very common one, and you need to know what it takes to prevent most illnesses that can affect you while you are visiting new places. To help you make the most of your visit, we have compiled a short list of the some of the most common illnesses that affect travellers and what they can do to prevent, treat or avoid them.
If you are visiting a developing country, then the odds are about 50/50 that you will experience traveller’s diarrhea. This isn’t like normal diarrhea, mind you. It is chronic and leaves you dehydrated and comes from contaminated food and water.
To avoid this problem, you need to be very careful about what you are putting into your body, no matter where you are visiting. Make sure the tap water is treated, and even check the bottle water to see if it has undergone some form of treatment, such as reverse osmosis. You also want to ensure all fruits and vegetables are washed and that meats are stored and cooked properly before consuming them.
If you are waiting in line at airport counter or to get on a boat, you are going to be in a crowd of people where at least a couple of them are likely to have the flu at any given time. In tropical countries, influenza affects people all year long, and not just during a certain season.
To protect yourself, practice some prevention and take Vitamin C regularly, drink plenty of water, get your flu shots and wash your hands before they come in contact with your face (such as eating, blowing your nose, scratching yourself or even shaving).
This is one of the more unpleasant ones, and it usually only affects people going to tropical or developing countries. Much of Asia, Africa and South America suffer from malaria outbreaks from time to time, and having proper preventative measures on hand is the only way you are truly going to be able to keep yourself safe from this awful illness.
One of the best treatments for malaria is Doxycycline. Though it cannot be taken by pregnant women and children under 8, it is suitable for everyone else. It should be taken 1-2 days before travelling somewhere that malaria is present. It is highly recommended because it is one of the least expensive and most effective malaria treatments.
This is another illness that can be contracted by eating contaminated food and water. While you can prevent it from affecting you by being careful about what you eat and drink, you are always going to be safer if you simply get vaccinated for it before you travel.
It’s always best to look up what diseases are affecting the area you plan to travel to. If you know what to expect, you can be prepared and have the proper vaccinations taken and medications on hand to deal with most illnesses that you encounter.