Medical safety during the journey, part 1. First aid kit tourist and vaccinations

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First aid kit tourist

Маленькая аптечка туриста

First aid kit travel is a mandatory thing. And no excuses are accepted. The fact that you are absolutely healthy, and the fact that you have covers all risks insurance is also not accepted. Little pharmacy set during the journey is mandatory. And that's it!

The kits, of course, everyone can define themselves, but if you are not an expert in pharmacology and not a doctor, read on. Our opinion is that the preparation of each of the following groups at least a minimum amount must be present in the travel first aid kit, and what to take in greater numbers, figure it out by reading information. And don't be alarmed that the list is so big. In fact, if you choose one drug from each group (most of the devices just similar and overlap), they will not so much:

  • Medications in sufficient quantities prescribed by the attending physician and that you are taking constantly or during the course of treatment.
  • Gastrointestinal agents. Stomach problems the most common health problems among tourists and travelers. These may include problems such as food poisoning, diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn:
    • Food poisoning: Activated carbon, use adsorbents (powder), Enterosgel (powder), Linex.
    • Diarrhea: Smecta (powder), Loperamide, Imodium. From broad-spectrum antibiotics in different intestinal infections: Chloramphenicol, Nifuroxazide.
    • When indigestion. For digestion with weight in the stomach, Mezim Forte, Festal, Panzinorm Forte.
    • Heartburn: Maalox, Gastal, gaviscon, Rennie.
  • Flu and cold: the flu, Arbidol, Coldrex, Aspirin, cold remedy, Paracetamol, Ointment. In the prevention and in the initial phase of the disease: Arbidol, Remantadin. From broad-spectrum antibiotics: Tsiprolet, Biseptol.
  • Her son: Drops Galazolin, Throat.
  • Cough drops and sore throat: Faringosept, Falimint, faringosept, Bromhexine, Hexetidine, mints Halls, Tunes.
  • Proceeds from diseases of the eye: Aktipol or Sulfatsil sodium, Sofradeks.
  • Proceeds from diseases of the ears Otinum, Sofradeks.
  • Pain medication: Ointment, Allergy, Analgin, Baralgin, Nurofen, no-Spa, Ketonal.
  • Remedies for headache: an Advil, Solpadein, Analgin, Tempalgin.
  • Cardiovascular drugs: Corvalol, Validol, Valokordin.
  • Sedatives: Valerian, Leonurus, Novo-passit.
  • Remedies for motion sickness in transport: Avia, Sea, Dramina, ginger candy.
  • Antihistamines (anti-allergic) media: Suprastin, Tavegil, Kestin, claritin, Fenkarol.
  • Proceeds from fatigue and swelling of legs: Lioton, Caffeine.
  • Sunscreen and care for the skin after sun exposure. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause more harm than good, so do not forget about protection from harmful UVA and UVB radiation. The effectiveness of any sunscreen is generally measured in units of the SPF. The lower the index, the SPF, the less UV protection. Conventionally, it looks like this: SPF 2-6 - basic protection, 8-12 - average defense, 15-25 - high protection, 30-50 - intense protection, 50 and above - blocking protection. Now on the market there are many sunscreen cosmetics, it creams, sprays, oils, lotion.
  • For burns and allergic skin reactions: Panthenol, Solcoseryl (also for treatment of skin lesions: abrasions, scratches, difficult healing wounds), Sovintel, balsam "Rescuer".
  • Antiseptics are necessary for the treatment of minor wounds: abrasions, cuts, bites. Can be used in the form of solutions, ointments, powders or capsules in the last time there was a very easy to use antiseptics, in the form of markers. A number of antiseptics in pharmacies are very wide, so choose what you want: iodine, chlorhexidine (Hexicon), alcohol (sometimes can be replaced with Cologne), brilliant green (Zelenka), Miramistin, hydrogen Peroxide, etc. In a special review each of the drugs is not needed.
  • Funds from insect bites presented in various forms: creams, sprays, lotions, aerosols. The choice is yours: Moskitol, Gardeks, Bite-off, etc.
  • Elastic bandage, sterile bandage, antibacterial bandage, adhesive tape, cotton wool or cotton pads.
  • Scissors, tweezers (to carry in hand Luggage if flight is impossible).
  • Electric thermometer (mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines for transportation).
  • Tablets for water purification (if you travel to remote places where there is no purchase of bottled water).
  • Contraceptives (if you travel to Thailand :-).
  • Multivitamins - always useful, especially for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate. Men, women and children have different requirements of vitamin, so stock up on pills in a multivitamin that are specific to age and gender.

Finally, it should be said that the enumerated list is recommended but not exhaustive.

Vaccinations (or immunisations)

Приготовьтесь к прививке, турист

As for vaccinations, there is no clear opinion, is to do them, or not. If you are afraid to touch the door handle of the hotel or travel into the jungle for something. If you are sure that your health is iron, and the immune system as a rock – it is also worth it.

And on the other hand, vaccinations cost money, can damage your health (Yes, there is at least minimal, but the risk of catching the infection from the needle is still at home in his native the clinic), and many vaccinations should be done for a certain period before travel, sometimes for several months.

But at the same time, there are places going in that you will not be given the choice to vaccinate or not to do. When entering some countries or regions, or when leaving them mandatory vaccinations (usually in the case of epidemics). The sanitary mode is observed very strictly at border points, so you slip it will not succeed. In order to find out which vaccinations are needed for a particular country, you should find the latest information on the Internet about a specific country.

For children, especially the little ones, there exists a list of mandatory vaccinations that make under a certain age. And vaccinations done if not all, in any case do not recommend to travel with a child. Even if you think you have done all the vaccinations, you should consult with your pediatrician your child. Your health can risk, and the health of the child never.

See also part 2. Jellyfish and sea urchins and part 3 Snakes, Scorpions, mosquitoes and other reptiles

Author: Sergei Mitrofanov

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
nausla 26 August, 2018
Unfortunately it is not easy, different countries have different restrictions on drugs. You can not find what you need, and this also applies to European countries. Then there is a problem with the language, can you explain what you need? Yes, and over time work too. ...
Zhuravl 28 September, 2018
By the way, Yes, the drugs that to us seem ordinary, can be exotic, or called quite differently. And some of the products at customs can be deleted. ...
Aztachoff 2 October, 2018
Well, I think if I go to USA, I have the same shtatovskih Melaxen will not withdraw. There it is definitely not banned I think. I I so far do not fly, sharp change of time zones is difficult for me. ...
admin 2 October, 2018
I do not know what Melaxen, but the overall logic is wrong about the country of production. Because cocaine is also produced in Colombia, but this does not mean that you are on the border with him back in vain. Drugs should not be banned in the country, and if they require a prescription (most often narcotic), you must have proof of ownership. And yet, to have somewhere to fly, you must first somewhere to fly, and in the country of departure can also check your products and their legality. ...
nausla 2 October, 2018
Melaxen is a sleeping pill, as I understand it. ...
Aztachoff 16 October, 2018
If you can call sleeping pills, then a stretch. It is an adaptogen. The correction of the rhythm sleep-Wake. Nothing to do with psychotropic do not have, so, I think at customs they were taken will not. ...
nausla 16 October, 2018
Why a stretch? Specially got the package, I took it to mountain hikes drag. So there it is accurately written - indications for use: as a sleep aid. And Yes, as an adaptogen, too. ...
Aztachoff 17 October, 2018
A hypnotic, meaning it's more from sleep disorders. I want to say it's not a heavy sedative. Drank and you got knocked out. Such actions from him. ...
nausla 17 October, 2018
Here you have the point of view of the user is different! :D But not fenozepam of course. I remember we were at the tent fails in the camp, even after taking tablets to sleep was impossible. It was difficult to do when every 2-3 minutes someone cling for stretch marks and the whole structure was shaking. ...
Outworld 27 October, 2018
I have a minimum. ...

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