Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Take Care Of Your Health Risks While Traveling

More and more people are traveling today who even a few years ago might have been advised by their doctor, friends, or relatives against exchanging suburbia for the Sahara.

Agra to Jhansi travel
If you are concerned about a health problem and whether it might affect your overseas travel, seek medical advice before dreaming of an exotic holiday or planning any mission or assignment. If you will be employed by an agency or company, their medical adviser or anyone to whom they contract out occupational health services will need to be assured you are fit enough to travel.

Two questions need to be answered. First and most important, do you, or any agency you are going with or for, feel that the risks of traveling are acceptable? Second, can health clearance be given in a way sufficient to enable you to take out travel health insurance?

Local train journey in India is a health risk
There are certain health risks while traveling, especially in long travel. Here I mention some certain health risks associated with travel. The information given below does not replace the specific advice you should obtain from your doctor before traveling.

Back and Joint Problems

Minor aches and pains often improve in warm climates; arthritis is unpredictable, backache can be worsened or caused by the rigors of travel. If you have had recent severe backache, sciatica or numbness in the foot or leg, make sure you seek medical advice before you travel.


A typical rural medical store
Although most people with controlled epilepsy or absences travel with little extra danger, it is worth being aware of a few potential problems. A severe bout of malaria with fever might increase the risk of having a further fit. Chloroquine and mefloquine should not be used as antimalarial in those with a past or present history of epilepsy as they trigger an attack. Doxycycline is often the antimalarial of choice, but certain anticonvulsants reduce its effectiveness, meaning you may have to increase the dosage.


Both migraine and tension headache often become worse overseas, especially when under stress, when dehydrated or with frequent changes in altitude such as when traveling or trekking in mountains. If you have significant headaches it is worth consulting your doctor to discuss how best you can manage these. Take with you a supply of your favorite painkillers and work out an appropriate lifestyle.

Heart Problems

It is generally unwise to visit a developing country or to take residence abroad within three to six months of having a confirmed heart attack. If you have suffered from any serious heart disease or remain under treatment, make sure that your future location and occupation are unlikely to cause undue strain.

Kidney and Bladder Problems

Kidney stones are common in those who live in the tropics. If you have previously suffered the agony of passing one, ask your GP if an abdominal X-ray, IVU or ultrasound can be arranged before you go, to make sure no others are lurking. 

Previous Splenectomy

If you have had your spleen removed you are slightly more likely to pick up infections while traveling, and they progress more rapidly. Falciparum malaria is a special risk: take every antimalarial precaution possible and try to avoid areas where this type of malaria is known to be common.


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