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Travellers Medical Kit

October 28th, 2016

When travelling overseas, a Travellers Medical Kit is as necessary as SHOES.  About half of all travellers experience a medical problem while overseas.  Purchasing drugs in some countries can make you even sicker than you were at the start. Buying copy watches or copy handbags is one thing, but buying copy drugs can be REALLY […]

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I am sometimes asked about useful apps for Travellers – I must declare my bias in that I am in the iPhone camp so don’t know much about android apps. There are lists online like this one of 50 but I use almost none of these. Here is my list of essentials Timescroller – to […]

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From one of my readers – thanks Sherry.   “Dr Deb’s book saved my life (ok, maybe not literally) in Laos in Feb 2012. I had the worst case of food poisoning I’ve ever had in my life, and in the morning, when faced with an 8 hour bus journey on wind-y and bumpy roads, […]

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Noroxin and the Nile Cruise

April 12th, 2012

The incidence of Travellers Diarrhoea in persons cruising down the Nile approaches 90%, so in the past Travel Medicine doctors have sometimes prescribed a daily dose of Noroxin while on the 3-6 day cruise for the prevention of this very debilitating condition. However, recent research in Canada has been released that suggests persons taking 5 […]

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Melatonin?

January 7th, 2011

I have recently been asked about Melatonin for jetlag A product circadan = 2 mg slow release melatonin was approved last year in australia by The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use in persons over 55 years of age http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/news/tga-approves-melatonin-for-adult-insomnia However the cochraine review http://www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab001520.html …did not encourage the use of 2mg slow release melatonin […]

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Picaridin is a new but effective repellent, that some persons find more pleasant to use than DEET. It does not eat your plastic for a start! . ‘DEET’ is the gold standard effective mosquito repellent to apply on your skin. Repellents work by blocking the receptors on the mosquitoes antennae, so the mosquitoes cannot find […]

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Travellers who will be visiting places remote from medical care now have the option of taking a test kit for malaria. This Rapid Diagnostic kit allows the traveller to take a sample of blood and accurately test their blood for malaria, so they will know whether they have malaria, and which strain they have. This […]

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