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SteriPEN Traveler Review

SteriPEN traveler review

We have previously discussed the importance of treating water (see our article How to Prevent and Treat Traveler's Diarrhea). If you are traveling in the developing world, tap water is often unsafe to drink and in rural areas, well water will certainly make you sick. If you are not trying to spend lots of money [...]

travel health disasters part II

The following is the second part in a series of posts titled Travel Health Disasters (find the first one here). Featured are the tales of other travelers and travel bloggers who have experienced some difficult moments on the road. Some of them are funny. Some of them are scary. Some of them are downright miserable. [...]


Peru Travel Health Guide

Peru travel health guide

Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon, Amazon rainforest, coastal deserts, the massive Andes Mountains, and that's to say nothing about the Peruvian people. Yep, there are a few good reasons to visit Peru. What are the travel health concerns? Nothing too exotic, depending on what part of the country you are visiting. That said, Peru is a [...]

traveler's diarrhea prevention and treatment

Traveler's diarrhea is the universal affliction. It affects nearly everyone traveling in developing world areas. There are steps you can take to prevent it, but don't be surprised if you come down with a case of the runs despite efforts to eat and drink carefully. Thankfully, most cases of traveler's diarrhea are short-lived and they [...]

ways to stay healthy while traveling

Most of these tips apply whether you are traveling or not. It is when we are traveling, however, that they become more important. New germs, new food, and an itinerary that might not lend itself to rest and relaxation are all factors that can derail our efforts to stay healthy. A good diet is fundamental [...]

skin infection in South Korea

I loathe mosquitoes. I feel that I am not alone in this feeling. Their sound irritates me, the fact that they live off of the blood of the living disturbs me, the fact that they spread disease so easily and frequently gets my blood boiling, and I get super riled up by how their bites [...]

altitude sickness

A few years ago I took the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu in Peru. The trek lasts five days and covers mountainous terrain, especially in the early going. Still not fully acclimatized, I made the mistake of hiking too fast on the first day. When we reached the camp (altitude of 4000m or so), I [...]

yellow fever information for travelers

If you have travel plans for South America or Sub-Saharan Africa, you have probably heard about Yellow Fever. Yet another in the long line of mosquito transmitted diseases, yellow fever is a disease which can truly mess you up if you don't take the necessary steps for prevention. Named for the yellowing of the skin [...]

4 ways to treat water while traveling

One of the easiest ways to get sick when traveling is through contaminated water. Whether it's a simple case of traveler's diarrhea or something worse, like amoebic dysentery, it's hard to enjoy yourself when you're spending most of your time on the toilet. You may find yourself in a rural area without access to clean [...]


Cipro is used to treat a laundry list of bacterial infections, including anthrax, a number of bone and joint infections, and most relevant for travelers, bacterial diarrhea. It is the atomic bomb of antibiotics. Widely prescribed for a variety of infections, cipro has lost its potency over recent years. Some strains of bacteria have become [...]

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