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travel bloggers health tips

Below are travel health tips from some very well traveled folks. Between them, few countries and territories have been unexplored and few illnesses and travel health disasters remain to be experienced. For the record, none of the tips involve turbo viagra, a concoction I discovered in Morocco. I simply find the pic amusing, and I [...]

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rabies information for travelers

First things first, as we mentioned in our article on travel immunizations, rabies is something that should be discussed with a doctor at a travel health clinic. Travelers rarely get rabies, but it is a potentially fatal disease and it exists almost everywhere in the world. This article will cover how to prevent and treat [...]

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schistosomiasis

According to the Carter Center, "in terms of socioeconomic and public health impact, schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia or snail fever, is second only to malaria as the most devastating parasitic disease in tropical countries." 207 million people worldwide are infected with Schistosomiasis. Thankfully, it is also one of the most avoidable diseases for travelers. [...]

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travel health round-up

Sick on the Road intends to provide well organized, readable information and advice on travel health issues. As much as possible, we try to back up our advice with first hand experience (see our SteriPen Traveler review or this piece on amoebic dysentery, for example). Fortunately, there are many infections, parasites and illnesses we have [...]

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travel vaccinations and immunizations

Depending on where you are going, you might not need any vaccinations at all. On the other hand, you might need two arms worth. For many forms of international travel, getting stuck by a bunch of needles is a rite of passage. Here you will find: what travel immunizations and vaccinations you need to get [...]

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preventing and treating motion sickness

Almost everyone has experienced at least one form of motion sickness. Boat, plane, car, train - motion sickness can happen on any of these. The symptoms range from mild nausea and dizziness to vomiting and cold sweats. Motion sickness is thought to be primarily caused by conflicting neural signals. Your inner ear helps your body [...]

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how to pick the best sunscreen

Despite my pale skin, I have spent a lot of time hanging out around the equator. Every now and then, I get a horrific sun burn that propels me to a likely rendez-vous with skin cancer somewhere down the line. For the most part though, I avoid sunburn. This post will explain how. Before I [...]

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travel health tips from Africa

I have now spent what I consider to be a significant amount of time in West Africa. My first taste of the region came in 2005 when I studied abroad in Accra, Ghana. During that semester, I was also able to visit Togo, Benin, and Burkina Faso. Last year, I took my time traveling through [...]

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medical evacuation insurance

Medical evacuation is a term occasionally attached to certain brands of travel insurance. It conjures up images of helicopter rescues in remote areas, emergencies that are serious and time sensitive. Are these services real? Yes, they are real, and depending on the company, they can provide a serious level of care and attention. Here is [...]

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Giardia information for travelers

Giardiasis is an intestinal infection caused by the single celled organism Giardia. Expect some combination of diarrhea, bloating, vomiting and nausea. Also, sulphur smelling burps - this is one of the most commonly reported symptoms with giardiasis. Long-term infections can cause weight loss, malnutrition and loss of appetite. Giardiasis may be less alarming than other [...]

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