TRAVELERS be prepared - top 5 tips for safe TRAVEL ABROAD

 Safety Abroad Starts At Home





​​Lowcountry Travel Medicine


Beware, it's a jungle out there; begin your preparation now.  A pre-travel consultation will decrease your risk of illness while traveling abroad. Did you know rabies is found on all continents except Antarctica? Before you go on a safari, hiking in Nepal or diving in Belize; make sure you are protected.

Taking precautions for your health and safety are vital for your dream vacation.




1. ALLERGIC REACTIONS   Life-threatening allergic reactions are called “anaphylaxis.”  Insect stings, certain foods, and some medications may trigger anaphylactic reactions. You should carry Epinephrine with you on your trip if you are known to have anaphylactic reactions.

2. CONTACT LENSES   Take a pair of glasses with you if you wear contact lenses. If signs of eye infection develop (redness, pain, or discharge), remove your contacts and seek medical attention. You should carry some antibiotic eye drops with you if you are in an area where you cannot get medical care.

3. ALTITUDE SICKNESS  Traveling to high altitudes can cause mild or severe altitude illness. Serious symptoms usually do not occur below 9,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level. Symptoms can be mild or life-threatening. If you will be going to an altitude above 9,000 feet or if you have chronic lung disease that may result in altitude illness symptoms at lower elevations, you may take a drug called Acetazolamide or Diamox before your ascent in order to lessen the risk of altitude sickness. If you get severe altitude illness, you must descend until your symptoms begin to improve.

4. MOTION SICKNESS   If you anticipate being in a situation that will cause motion sickness or you are an individual who is prone to motion sickness, you may use over-the-counter medications available at your local pharmacy. If you have severe motion sickness, a prescription medication is available.

5. RABIES   Rabies risks are higher abroad, especially in underdeveloped countries. Animal bites and bat exposures must be taken seriously. If an animal bites you, it is unlikely that you will be able to quarantine and observe the animal appropriately while abroad. Avoidance of animal contact is the best policy. If an animal bites you, you must obtain treatment locally or return to the US as soon as possible. Rabies vaccine is recommended for travelers with specific risk factors, such as those working directly with animals, or, for travelers who could not obtain rabies treatment if bitten. It is available to any risk-averse traveler who desires maximal pre-travel protection. If you get severe altitude illness, you must descend until your symptoms begin to improve.