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Lowcountry Travel Medicine
Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
1520 OLD TROLLEY ROAD
SUMMERVILLE, SC 29485
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CHARLESTON, SC 29414
Look, but don't touch. Always avoid contact with water and animals. This includes pools, fountains, domestic and exotic animals....especially in areas where rabies is a threat.
6. PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS If you take prescription medications, consider taking a double supply. Transport and store these in separate places and in the original, pharmacy labeled bottles. Carry a supply with you and place another supply in your luggage. Your decision to do this is based on your destination and the medication. You are unlikely to have any problems if you are without a medication for high cholesterol for some time. However, abruptly stopping a blood pressure medication, certain antidepressants, insulin, or other similarly critical medications may cause you to become ill. Underdeveloped locations may not have substitutes for lost or forgotten medications. When carrying prescription medications or insulin needles, it is advisable to have a letter from your physician stating that you require these items for medical purposes.
7. FIRST AID & STERILE NEEDLE KITS In some parts of the world sterile needles may not be available for emergency injections, sterile wound closure or intravenous infusions of medications. Sterile medical kits are available. You can locate suppliers by searching terms like “sterile needles,” “travel,” “medical kit,” etc. with any internet search engine.
8. SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES Studies of travelers suggest that sexual contacts during travel are far more common than we realize. Remember that HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, Gonorrhea and other diseases are transmitted by blood and body fluids. Sexual contact without condom use and other high-risk activities such as tattoos, blood transfusions, Intravenous Drug use, etc. should be avoided. If you do not understand how these diseases are transmitted, ask your travel-health care provider to explain it further.
9. TRAVELER’S INSURANCE Medical evacuation in the event of life-threatening illness is extremely expensive. You should consider whether you wish to have travelers insurance that covers medical evacuation. We do not endorse any particular policy. You can get more information through a travel agent, your insurance agent or the internet.
10. BLOOD CLOTS DURING AIRPLANE FLIGHTS Prolonged sitting in airplanes increases the risk of blood clots in your legs.
Some risk factors for blood clots include;
* A personal or family history of blood clots or a blood clotting disorder.
* Major surgery, significant trauma, or prolonged immobilization, includes a limb cast, in the last 6 weeks
* Cancer within the last 2 years or currently receiving chemotherapy
* Late pregnancy or the first 6 weeks after childbirth
* Estrogen-containing medication taken for oral contraception, female hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or anti-estrogen therapy
* Age greater than 50 years
* Severe obesity
* Congestive heart failure or recent heart attack
* Chronic venous insufficiency or large varicose veins
You can reduce your risk of blood clots by keeping yourself well hydrated with non-alcoholic beverages during travel. Leg muscles provide a pumping action to help keep blood flowing. Walking around the cabin periodically, flexing your leg muscles in your seat and occasionally changing positions will help decrease your risk. Compression stockings or aspirin may also help avoid blood clots. Anyone with high-risk conditions should consult with a physician before making any flight arrangements.