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“          Accommodation booked                                  
Which famous places to visit                                      
List of delicacies to try                                                 
What to do with a health concerns abroad       ”     

Most of us look forward to that well deserved year-end holiday or that work trip we prepared so much for.  But what happens when we encounter a health concern? Especially when abroad? How do we minimize the disruption to our schedule and activities? For such situations, the adage “prevention is better than cure”, certainly rings true.

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) and top 5 things to consider as you prepare for your next trip abroad !

Pre-Travel

1. Where are you going ?

It is advisable to check with your doctor the necessary vaccinations and medications you should be getting to protect yourself before the trip.

Furthermore you can visit  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list for more country specific information. If we have been there before, we might even exchange tips on best places to visit or things to try!

Travel Vaccination Map

2. Purpose of travel and activities at destination

Besides the usual travel for holidays or work, some of us make the occasional trip for volunteer work, get into close proximity with wild animals or even a sacred pilgrimage such as the Haj. In these specific circumstances, do discuss with our friendly team the specific vaccinations which are recommended.

FAQ

3. What medications should I pack for my travel ?

For your known chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma),  ensure you have enough medication for the duration of your trip and a few days extra to spare (just in case!).

Prepare a travel kit. These are some commonly used items during travel:

  • Fever medication and painkillers
  • Vomiting and Diarrhoea pills
  • Oral re-hydration salts
  • Antihistamines (for runny nose and mild allergies)
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Antiseptic wash/cream
  • Plasters and bandages for small cuts and wounds
  • Thermometer
  • Condoms
  • Insect repellent (DEET 30% tried and tested)
  • Sun screen ​
Medicines to pack for travel

If you need a travel kit, we have a specially doctor curated travel kit for your travel needs. < DTAP Travel Kit >

Besides travel insurance for the duration of your trip, take note of locations of nearest medical facilities near you.

During Travel

4. Travel health hacks to improve your health during travels?

Travel Health Hacks
  • Flights can be quite a dehydrating affair to the body. It is always advisable to eat light, drink lots of fluids and avoid alcohol.
  • To prevent blood clots from forming in your leg (which can be nasty), exercise your leg muscles with regular stretches and take regular walks around the cabin every few hours if possible.
  • Lastly try to get as much rest and sleep as possible. It will help your body recover faster from the effects of traveling
  • To minimise the effects of jet lag, eat and sleep according to the local time at your destination as soon as you can. There are over the counter medications (melatonin) and prescription medications which you can take to aid you in your sleep as well if you have difficulty sleeping or adjusting jet lag.
  • At your destination, food and water precautions should be observed.

- Check that food is well cooked.
- Avoid undercooked food, salads and fruits.

- Eat food that is hot when served.
- Use a serving spoon when eating from a common plate.

- Avoid tap water and ice cubes.
- Drink only bottled water or boiled water

After Travel

5. Fever, Diarrhoea, Rashes Persistent Flu, further tests?

If you develop any symptoms any time after your travels, or have sexual health concerns, please approach any of our friendly DTAP doctors today.

Appendix: Essential Travel Medications

Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (cough, flu, cold, running nose, fever)

Name of MedicationIndicationDosage
BeartophanCough2 tablets 3x/day
NeufloSore Throat1 tablet 3x/day
PonstanPainkiller, High Fever1 tablet 2x/day
ParacetamolPainkiller, fever2 tablets 4x/day
ChlorpheniramineBlocked Nose, Anti Histamine for allergy1 tablets 3x/day

 

2. Gastro related medication

Name of MedicationIndicationDosage
LoperamideDiarrhoea1 tablet 3x/day
DimenhydrinateNausea, Vomiting OR Motion Sickness1 tablet 3x/day
FamotidineGastric Acidity, Gastritis1 tablet 2x/day
BuscopanAbdominal Colic, Stomach Cramps1 tablet 3x/day

 

 

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