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I understand that if you get really sick in Tonga that they will need to fly you to New Zealand for treatment. Trying to understand insurance policies on this is a bit tricky. Any suggestions?
...like Saudi Arabia, is it true that hospitals & clinics don't use alcohol-based sterilization swabs because pious Muslims should have no contact at all with alcohol, in whatever form?
I overheard somebody make this assertion in a chat in a restaurant, but I have no way of knowing whether this claim has any factual basis. Come to think of it, what could an alcohol-swab-avoiding medical facility use for sterilization if not something alcohol-based?
X-posted on YC, where the first couple of replies were predictably flippant.
Hi - I am going to Irkutsk (Lake Baikal) beginning September for a week and then Mongolia for 2.5 weeks before moving to SEA for 6 weeks. Am I really taking a big risk if I don't have Rabies and JE? Because I have doubts I will probably have Rabies but after reading up there doesn't really seem to be a definitive answer. Sorry if this is a daft question and no doubt asked many times before! Thanks - Heather
I'm taking off on a one-year round-the-world trip this September. I just got done exploring all the options for health insurance. Here's the link to what I found out, in case it's helpful to anyone else out there planning a similar trip (particularly if you're from the USA, like me):
I have quite severe psoriasis - several large plaques over my body. I'm heading to SEA, and will need malaria tablets for about 2 months (not including the time after).
At the moment, my psoriasis is under control, and I'm taking special measures to keep it so. From a lot of experience, I have found that people react quite badly to large red lesions in Asia. People do too back home in Australia, but are usually more subtle about it. Last time I was in Hong Kong, I had someone demand that I not sit next to them on a bus, and was also refused a back massage at a spa - even after explaining that psoriasis is non-contagious, and non of my plaques are open wounds. While I've built up a thick skin to most comments (like my pun?!), it's still upsetting when people react really badly.
So - back to my main point. I am desperate to keep my psoriasis under control, but have ju... more »
I'm going to be receiving the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine (IXIARO) tomorrow.
While I have read from everywhere that the requisite shot series is one shot then another shot 28 days later, my travel health doctor told me that the final shot could be sped up to 21 days, which is when I was planning on leaving.
Has anyone heard this? Is this true?
So... I am really late with my rabies pre-exposure jabs, and I will have to complete the series at different clinics in different countries. The problem is that the first dosis (which I've just received) is a PVRV type vaccine of the brand name Imovax, and in London (where I'll be on day 7) I can only find clinics administering HDVC and PCECV type vaccines.
A quick recap on the types, as specified by WHO:
human diploid cell vaccine (HDCV): Rabivac™
purified vero cell vaccine (PVRV): Verorab, Imovax, Rabies vero, TRC Verorab™
purified chicken embryo cell vaccine (PCECV): Rabipur™.
So my questions are:
a) Does anybody know if it's a problem combining a dose 1 of PVRV with a dose two (and maybe three) of HDCV or PCECV, or are they compatible?
b) Or does anybody know a London clinic which administers PVRV rabies vaccine?
I would be very grateful if anybody wanted to sh... more »
so i'll be backpacking around SE asia, india and nepal for about 8 months.
i've been taking st. john's wort for about 2 years and will be bringing enough for 8 months when i go travelling.
i'm just wondering will this cause any problems with customs/airports etc
thing is, i don't have a prescription for it, as it is prescription only in ireland and i get it off the internet. pretty sure it is over the counter in almost every other country. the packaging is well labelled and clear, should i be okay?
The AFEX camp in Juba uses river water in the showers. I now realize the Nile in Juba is every bit as chockers with Schistosomiasis as it is in Cairo. I would love to hear why somehow it is not possible to get schisto from a shower. Perhaps the flukes need sunlight which they don't get inside of water tanks...
If my hopes prove insubstantial, anyone know how to get tested for it? And how long after exposure can that test be performed?
Hi all! I would really like to get lumineers done. My teeth are strong & straight, but they have a slight grayish cast. They were never white-white, even as a child. I've had them whitened several times, but it ony works a little. I can't use the at home strips & such because my gums are extremely sensitive. I've been pricing them here (I live in NYC) & it's exhorbitantly expensive.
I know that peo go overseas for cosmetic surgery & dentistry, & I've always been afraid to do to. However, in this case I might be willing to take the risk, if I get good recommendations from someone. I've noticed that sometimes my teeth actually look worse on camera than in person, which is a huge issue for me since I'm a performer.
*Since I live in one of the most expensive areas of the US, I'm sure it would be less expensive elsewhere & I'm more than willing to travel. Any suggestions out t... more »
I'm in a bit of a predicament and was wondering if anyone had any advice or had faced a similar problem.
I'm going traveling about SE Asia for 12 months with my husband in October 2012. My issue is that I take an anti epileptic medication and my doctors will only prescribe me 3 months worth of the medication.
Apparently the drug I'm on is widely available around the world (Epilim) so getting hold of it shouldn't be a problem - so I'm told by the doctor.
Rules have obviously been tightened up as on 2 12 months trips I've previously taken I was prescribed the whole prescription but granted that was quite a few years ago.
I'd really appreciate any advice.
I feel embarrassed to be posting this here, but here goes...
I have emetophobia. It's the fear of throwing up. It sounds like a stupid and silly fear (ok, it actually is, but that's beside the point right now) but it tends to run my life. Through the use of antidepressants, I have it 90% under control. I still hate it and do everything to avoid it, but I REALLY want to get into mountaineering/high altitude climbing. The one thing scaring me is the effects of altitude; it seems to make people vomit a lot.
I guess I have a few questions:
1) What are your experiences with altitude sickness?
2) Is getting sick at high altitudes pretty much unavoidable -save for going incredibly slowly up the mountain- and something that I should just prepare myself to deal with?
Thanks! I know this sounds ridiculous...
Hey everyone, I wrote a 'how to' guide about making a good travel first aid kit, and I'm posting it here because I'd love to hear some of your feedback. For example, is there anything missing from my list which you consider essential? Or did I include anything unnecessary? Let me know what you think!
How to Make a Top-Notch Travel First Aid Kit
If you plan on traveling outside of major cities, you’d better pack a solid travel first aid kit. This thing can really get you out of some nasty situations and save you from some inconvenient side trips to a doctor, especially when you’re in the countryside. It’s very easy to get cut or scratched when you’re out and about, particularly if you plan on hiking or doing other physical activities. Having a few medications handy can also help with some other unpleasant situations that arise while on the travel trail.
Can someone give me advice what kind of malaria pills have you been using and especially, what were the side effects? I am going to travel to Nairobi this September and I am very worried cause all those side effects seem to be as bad as malaria itself. Any advices and experiences are very wellcome, also how much those pills costed?
Well yesterday I got bitten by a Shepherd dog, on a trek outside of Karakol, Kyrgyzstan.
I have managed to track down some immunoglobaline in Bishkek. But the relevant doctor who administers it, says that by having the the drug Abayhrab - Purified Vero Cell Rabies Vaccine (I was given in Karakol), I can no longer safely have immunoglobaline.
Is this correct?
I washed the wound with all the water I had immediately and had the first Abayahrab shot within 3 hours.
I have arranged for some guides to check on the dog for me to ensure it is healthy.
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