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This category contains tips for staying healthy on the road.

Sea urchin sting

Sea urchins are what you would call a passive, non-aggressive animal. In other words, it's up to you to make the mistake. And the mistake is a costly one. These little devils advertise their ability to wreak havoc with countless black spines that jet out of their round shaped body. Step on an urchin, and [...]

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everything you need to know about hemorrhoids

Even if you don't know what hemorrhoids are, you almost certainly know that you don't want them. After reading this article, you will know what hemorrhoids are, and you will still not want them. Alright, let's get to it. Hemorrhoids are actually perfectly normal. In fact, you need them. A hemorrhoid is a collection of [...]

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size of a kidney stone

Kidney stones are a top-5 fear for me. They are right up there with scorpions and being abandoned at sea. This is unfortunate, as I have a family history that is littered with kidney stones, and genetics are certainly a factor. My hope is that by following my own advice in this post, I won't [...]

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crotch rot aka jock itch

The image above should rightfully make you cringe. If you recognize it, then you have already experienced crotch rot (also known as jock itch, jock rot, crotch itch - just keep rearranging those words, in fact). What is crotch rot? Straight talk: it's a rash caused by a fungal infection in the groin area. The [...]

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how to avoid salmonella

Salmonella is the boogey man hiding in every raw egg and piece of undercooked chicken. It is a bacteria, and it causes millions of cases of diarrhea and gastroenteritis every year across the globe. It is also responsible for over 100,000 deaths every year. The good news is that you can avoid salmonella in the [...]

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deep vein thrombosis

Most people would be worried about a blood clot that could potentially become detached and cause something called an embolism in your lungs. But what are the chances that you develop DVT? Before we get around to that question, let's explain what DVT is, and why it is so dangerous. First, let's start with blood [...]

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one secret to fight heartburn

If you've been reading this site for a while, then you know that I have been suffering from acid reflux since late 2010. According to my doctor, the condition was very likely caused by doxycycline, a medication I took for 6 months as a malaria prophylactic. I have since taken various medications, including Zantac, omeprazole [...]

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traveling with depression

Mental health has been creeping into the public discourse more and more in recent years, but we still have a long way to go. Despite a roaring pharmaceutical industry, mental illnesses are often misunderstood, improperly diagnosed and unfairly considered as something less than an actual disease. Traveling with depression can be particularly difficult. You may [...]

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Is a EHIC Really Necessary?

EHIC stands for European Health Insurance Cards and it entitles you to healthcare, similar to that which you would receive from the NHS, in 27 European countries. It was introduced in 2006 and replaced the old E11 forms that you used to need to take with you. If you fall ill or have an accident [...]

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buying travel insurance while already traveling

Many travelers find themselves without travel insurance while they are already on the road. This could be for several reasons. Some folks may leave without ever considering taking out a policy. Others may have a policy lapse while traveling, and they realize that the policy is not so easy to renew. In any case, it [...]

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