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ISSUE:  106
DATE:  January 24, 2003
TITLE: 
Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Khao San Road - Travel Health
TIP:  Travel Health
LOCATION:  Khao San Road - Bangkok, Thailand - Khun Thep

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~ TODAY’S TRAVEL TIPS

TRAVEL HEALTH

I suppose you could list of all
the possible diseases and health problems
of the world, but that is rediculous and
really you should just go to a doctor.
The average traveler will always be close to
doctors and hospitals, and if they are really sick
they go home.

So in the end, you only need some
guidance or the solutions to simple problems.
Medicine is worldwide. The manufacturers
of pills, drugs, and other remedies have
done a good job of setting up world distributions.

What is different from most of the developed
countries is that it is easier to buy medicine.
A little more difficult on the recreational
types like viagra and valium. But for the most
part you walk into a pharmacy and buy what
many would consider prescription only
medicines over the counter in most of the
underdeveloped countries.

WHAT I CARRY?
1. QUADRADERM
This is for skin infections or rashes.
You want to find an antibiotic cream to
cure the infection. If it has a local anestisia
it will numb the rash and stop the itch.
http://www.edoc.co.za/medilink/products/1896.html

2. AMOXIL or AMOXILLIUM
This is an antibiotic in pill form.
The local pharmacist will recommend something
for you. The pharmacist can sometimes be better
than the doctor on understanding the local pills
and how to use them. But take great caution.
Do not be your own doctor. Especially if you
are allergic to lots of things.
http://www.healthsquare.com/newrx/amo1019.htm

3. LOMOTIL
Diphenoxylate with Atropine
(Lomotil)
This will STOP diarreah. I do NOT
believe it is a cure. But if you are getting
on a bus, train, or plane...etc.
This can stop or delay the problem.
http://www.cheshire-med.com/services/pharm/meds/diphenoxylate_with_atropine.html


4. SINE-AID
I get headaches when changing altitudes.
These are throbbing and painful.
This will stop the headache. Any medicine
that says for SINUS will do the job.
Make sure they are not giving you cold medicine.
That is for colds.
http://www.drugs.com/xq/cfm/pageID_0/brand_Sine-Aid%20Maximum%20Strength/qx/index.htm


5. ALCOHOL OR HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (H2O2)
I use the alcohol to clean my body.
Very good when no shower is available.
Peroxide is great to brush your teeth
and clean infections. They sell creams
in some countries and easier to use.
Be very careful before putting these on
your skin. Some people will get burns.
http://www.howstuffworks.com/question115.htm

6. INSECT REPELLANT IN BOTTLE &
MOSQUITO NET.
I do NOT carry sprays. They are dangerous
and leak. You want a cap on the bottle that
is secure. Malaria is carried by mosquitos.
I am surprised at the number of people that
use malaria pills but do not have a MOSQUITO NET
or mosquito repellant. Carry a Mosquito
net always, and use mosquito repellant.

7. SEASICK OR MOTION SICKNESS.
Car sick... etc.
Sit in front of the rear tires of the
bus always. Close you eyes. Do not sit on the
front of boat. The up and down motion will get
you sick.
http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/907367055.html

8. CHAPSTICK AND LOTIONS
Salve or creams to moisturize lips.
Carry this if you want. A sudden case
of dry lips is not a big problem. Use
some skin cream or anything available.
I put sunblock on my lips at the beach.
I carry. Cheap and small.

9. SUN BLOCK
I would recommmend you always have this
available. Sunburn is a major problem.

10. BAND AID OR COVER FOR CUTS.
Nice to have. But they sell them
anywhere almost.

11. EYE DROPS OR LUBRICANTS.
You want a lubricant and not the get the
red out type. You want some moisture.
The air blowing on your eyes in a bus,
fan, or from the ocean will make your eyes
hurt.

WHAT I USE BUT DO NOT CARRY?

1. ORANGE JUICE OR LEMON JUICE
I think you can get scurvy or other
skin problems from lack of these juices.
Take along some Vitamin C maybe. But drink
juice. The 2 above will do the job.
I am not sure on the mangos.

2. ASPIRIN OR TYLENOL
Why not?

3. CONTAC OR ACTIFED
For the runny nose.
But is not needed to carry.
A cold is not an emergency.
IF a cold is a big problem.
Get a life and go home.

I suppose a person should have condoms.

Hangover.
Exercise to get the oxygen back to
the brain. The alcohol cause the blood
to clot and kills the small brain cells
from oxygen starvation. I would say that
most traveler have a big problem with
this. I seem to have an overabundance of
brain cells, although I am sure I have
killed a lot in the past.

ONE ENORMOUS DOSE OF COMMON SENSE.
All this advice is dangerous.
Or it is helpful.
Use your common sense.

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