Health Tips

What are some general tips to prevent illness, insect bites, sunburn, blood clots and diarrhea?

1. Pepto-Bismol is the magic weapon. Take two tablets or one ounce after every meal.

2. Apply mosquito repellant with 30% DEET, the active ingredient to kill mosquitoes which carry malaria and sleeping sickness. An alternative is Picardin, to be used in the morning, afternoon and evening. Remember that mosquitoes can fly indoors. Pack airline-friendly three ounce bottles of repellent.

3. Apply sunscreen regularly. Remember that the sun’s rays hit you most directly when you are in the tropics.

4. Wear sunglasses.

5. Keep prescriptions in their original bottles.

6. While in your airplane seat, flex your ankles four times per hour. Walk in the cabin aisles every two hours. Drink water.

How can I prevent jet lag?

No method is absolutely foolproof, but some tips to avoid the fatigue and headache of a long trip include:

1. Avoid alcohol on the flight.

2. Drink water and juice at the rate of eight to 12 ounces every two hours.

3. Plan some arrival day activity in your destination country.

4. Some travelers may benefit from a mild sleeping pill.

What if I become ill?

Our physicians are on call 24 hours per day to consult with you from your international destination. We can provide information about access to local medical care. Patients who become ill during travel or after return may be evaluated at any time—regardless of whether or not they were seen prior to their trips.