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Im looking for suggestions for travel insurance. An Italian friend of mine who’s a photographer and travels a lot asked me to tap into the collective genius of LP in search of some good travel insurance. He’s never purchased it before but on his last trip he had an attack of kidney stones and had to be hospitalized – in the US. He expects he’ll be paying the bill in $10 increments for the rest of his life and wants to avoid a repeat on his next assignment. Complicating matters: he’s a Cuban resident, but there’s a work around for that piece, I figure (we have a lot of practice!)
Thanks in advance.
PS – I know there are posts about this already, and Ive read some, but the foreign residency part is a bit tricky.
I'm going to be in Tanzania for 3 weeks, and understand there is risk of malaria in the country.
Last year I visited South East Asia, started taking doxy but it made me sick, so I stopped after a few days. Most other travelers I met either weren't taking malaria pills, or had stopped taking theirs as well. I was in the area for 5 months, traveling through "high risk" malaria zones, and was fine, as was everyone else I was traveling with.
I'm a bit scared to try taking them again when I go to Tanzania, as I'm only there for a short time, don't want to be throwing up everyday. I understand the whole "would you rather suffer some side effects or die from malaria?" argument, but it seems like, for Asia at least, its not as "high risk" as the internet and doctors say. Is this the case for Africa as well?
I picked this up while in Asia in November/December and was diagnosed by a blood test last month - too late for antibitoics as I was more or less better. I didn't see my doctor after the diagnosis as he telephoned it through but I suspect they don't know much about it in the UK. Does anyone know if, like Malaria, you can get recurring bouts? I've googled it but it doesn't say. I'm feeling ill again, with the same symptoms it started with last time...
I had planned on posting this as a hypothetical question but spent all last night vomiting and with diarrhea in Pakistan so here it goes. Could anybody fill in the blanks and/or correct my mistaken impressions as to my understanding of these things.
Just diarrhea is generally down to bad or "bad" water. "Bad" being that it's not necessarily bad but a western stomach unused to non-treated water has no resistance to the bacteria. This diarrhea will generally go away in a few days and once had, your stomach should be immune to the same water again.
Vomiting and diarrhea generally means food poisoning or you've ingested faeces. You won't build up immunity to either of these. Though I am confused by this. Either I've been really unlucky or it's typical for this to happen once early in each trip to developing countries (I've now had vomiting and diarrhea on my first week in Morocco, f... more »
Any advice on cheap but good travel insurance? I have been working and traveling for nearly 4 years around Asia without insurance but now i am heading to Africa i think it would be wise to get some. Will only be for 4 months. Know of any good ones for backpackers?
Hi, Has anyone out there used RSA health insurance for travel and has made claims? How was it?
I just got shots for my upcoming 2 year + RTW trip, and found out that my health insurance covers 70% of the costs (rare in the States, where much insurance plans don't cover travel medicine at all). I've gotten a number so far, but because of the cost I haven't gotten JE or rabies shots. Now that I know I'll be reimbursed for most of the cost, I'm weighing the costs and benefits of getting either (or both) of these vaccinations.
Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination
- extremely rare
- but extremely fatal
- less expensive US$200 after reimbursement
- will be spending a lot of time in Asia, including less touristy areas
- less rare
- still have to get shots even if you have them already
- can be hard to get treatment in rural areas
- slightly more expensive US$300 after reimbursement
Does anyone have experience, advice, etc? I'm leaning toward the JE vaccination si... more »
This is not really travel related but am giving it a go anyway....
How do people recognise gout attacks?
I have never had a gout attack before but I got my blood tests back last month and my acid uric levels were a little bit on the high side,nothing to worry about though...2 weeks ago I got a pretty bad cut on my right foot and it is only starting to completely heal now....I also am starting to get pain in my right foot also....coincidence?Could they be somehow linked?and could it be gout?(my father and elder brother both have gout)
thanks a lot....
Am going to see my GP in 3 days.
Should this be under 'Health'? I don't know.
Yesterday a woman in The USA gave birth to four baby boys at the same time, but they were not quadruplets. Never heard of it before. Has anyone?
This is a bit of a shot in the dark, but I'll give it a go anyway.
I'm using Pradaxa as a secondary DVT prevention treatment (something for which its not yet licensed) and loving it as an alternative to Warfarin for many reasons. However, because the drug is so new, there's very little information around about "normal" side effects or impacts.
Anything that I think is medically important I discuss with my surgeon, but I have a couple of travel based questions that he just cant answer, and because of the nature of the conditions for which it is generally prescribed, there appears to be very little crossover between pradaxa users and people who travel in general.
Anyone out there using Pradaxa?
I wonder if someone can help me out on where i could buy probiotics in cochin. if that fails, in all of india. I have been taking probiotics for awhile as i have stomach/bowel issues and also as preventative for getting bad bugs. (I got intestinal parasites before I even started traveling... yikes!). i was not able to have my usual probiotics mailed to me here, so any suggestions would be great... i googled it, nothing really helpful... are there any health food stores or anything/// thanks so much.
also grapefruit seed extract... i have been taking this and i lost the bottle... great time for all of this to happen :(
thanks for any advice.
i am moving to Ghana (accra) from the UK for 2 years and i am evaluating what approach to take against malaria:
-take malarone for the 2 years (+ use insect repellant, etc...)
-do not take any anti-malaria pills and just use insect repellant and always use long sleeved clothes BUT take malarone whenever i am going to remote areas of Ghana or when i am volunteering in 'outskirts' of the city
the views from my doctors/employer/online are very contrasting and i would like to understand your experience living there.
I am also tempted not to take anything to avoid assimilating a lot of chemicals that may be as bad a malaria itself...
in case you catch malaria, it's possible to remove it completely or you will have it for your lifetime and will have to control it with some drugs?
Hoping you're still doling out health advice and happy new year to you! Quick question - I have a bruise on my leg (just above the ankle) from tripping over/onto a step machine (who said exercise was good for you?). Anyway - this would be fine, but although the bump rapidly receded and the colour has faded, it's still visible after 4-5 months, which seems like a very long time for a bruise. Is this normal because it's on that part of the leg? What should I do?
I take frequent trips to India, travelling on business with a decent expense account, so quite fortunate in that I have never been bitten (I tend to simply go from air conditioned hotel -> air conditioned car -> air conditioned office, and don't tend to go out at night). So on this trip I haven't taken any anti-malaria medication.
I'm still in Kolkata on my last day today, however one of the little b******s must have got into my room last night, and I woke up this morning to find my hands have 2 mosquito bites on them...
On my way to Dubai later today, then back home in UK on Sunday, but just wondered if anyone knew what my options are, and whether I can get some malarone on Monday and would they be effective?
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