How’s Your Health?

If you take medications chronically, speak with your doctor about writing prescriptions for the entire length of your travel’s stay. Check with your insurance company to see if they provide vacation overrides which will allow you to receive the medications longer than the general 30/60 or 90 days supply. Oh and while you’re at it, ask your insurance company if they will reimburse your expenses if you end up requiring medical care overseas.

Become familiar with weather related side effects of medications you will be taking during your trip. For example, some antibiotics, antihistamines, and even acne medications can increase one’s potential for sunburn.

Are you up to date on your vaccinations? Are you entering a country that is known for malaria? Will you need a specific vaccination before departing that’s not routine in your country of residence? Once again, speak with your physician about these necessities ahead of time. She/he may provide these services to you, but some are unable to.

Ask your doctor about ‘knick knack’ medications if you will be traveling out of the country for over a week. (Well, don’t say knick knack, that’s just what I call them :) ) These are the ‘what if’ meds that may be needed. For example- are you prone to yeast infections? Urinary Tract Infections? Concerned about vomiting? Let she/he know about your traveling plans and discuss accordingly.

Many medications that were once available via prescription only are now over the counter (OTC) for your convenience.  As always, check with your doctor and pharmacist before you purchase them for your trip to make sure your current health condition will allow their use.

Have you been feeling sick lately? A pain here or there? Occasional ditzy dizzy spells? I am going to sound like a faulty voice mail message, but I don’t care: SEE YOUR DOCTOR! It would not be in your best favor to ignore any health warnings before leaving the country, only to go overseas and get sicker.

Do you have any medical travel advice you’d like to share? Me and my readers would love to hear them!

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