Questions tagged [health]

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Can an American visitor in Canada get critical medications sent from home?

My dad is visiting Toronto from the US and unfortunately during his trip last week he fell and fractured his hip. He had a kidney transplant 3 years ago so he takes anti-rejection meds for it. He has ...
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Will glucose meter strips be safe in the Airplane Cargo Hold?

I will be taking my glucose meter strips with me and need to know if they will be safe in the cargo area.
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Destination not hotter than 25 degrees celsius [closed]

I search for a destination where the weather in summer is not hotter than 25 degrees celsius (let it be 29 at maximum). Being exposed to a hot environment causes problems for my immune system. As I ...
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Convenience stores in India

Are there many (enough) convenience stores throughout India that sell prepackaged food? Thailand's 7-11 was great for cheese toasties, etc. I am wondering if we can get quick meals and snacks like ...
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How to prevent “Delhi Belly”?

Montezuma's revenge or Aztec two step in Central America, mummy's tummy, or Cairo two-step in Egypt, Kurtz Hurtz in Uzbekistan, Bombay belly or Delhi belly in India. A case of the sh-- or Hershey ...
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Taking prescribed amphetamines to Dubai or India

Are you allowed to bring prescribed amphetamines to Dubai or India from the USA?
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Stitches removal in south Korea [closed]

I suddenly had to get just some small stitches on my wrist and it has to come off in 10 days and I will be in Korea at that time so I was wondering where I can go get it removed and how much will it ...
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On which basis should I decide for a travel insurance for Nepal?

I am from Germany and I will go trekking in Nepal in March for 3 weeks. I want to have health insurance in that time. While the health insurances within Germany are super similar, I have no idea about ...
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Confidentially bringing medication from Canada to USA

I am on the ADHD drug "Vyvanse" which is a schedule II controlled substance. It's pretty essential for me to take it, and especially on this business trip. Unfortunately, I really want to keep this ...
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Focal skin peeling on palms, fingerprints can be uncertain; will this be an issue for UK visa?

I have cleared the interview for a software organization in Durham, UK and they have given me the COS (Certificate of sponsorship). My doubt is I have a benign skin condition called keratolysis ...
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Is Sweden full of mosquitoes during the summer?

Recently, I booked a vacation to Sweden (the south). Because I was so happy to go there, I bought a few books about it. Then, I noticed that there is a chance that you can be bitten by mosquitoes and ...
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Online medical insurance for short visa in Romania

I am PhD student and am going to apply for a Romanian Visa in Paris. I asked the Romanian Embassy for required documents. The embassy has suggested to have medical insurance. Since I am traveling ...
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Will TSA allow me to carry a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)/sleep apnea device?

When traveling with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) medical device (commonly used for sleep apnea), will it need to be removed from your carry on bag when going thru security with TSA Pre-...
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Medical attendant visa for Sweden

My sister is suffering for a medical condition which requires immense moral and physical support. She got ill while she was in Pakistan whereas her home is in Sweden. Now she has been declared fit to ...
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How to find “night and day” decongestant for a head cold when there's a language barrier?

So I've been in Tbilisi, Georgia for almost a week and the temperature is now dropping below zero Celsius sometimes and I have the dubious honour of being the first in my hostel to contract a head ...
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Do I need any vaccination for Europe-USA-SouthAmerica trip?

I am Colombian citizen currently living in Ireland. I plan to go to Miami and then to Colombia, returning using the same way. Is there any vaccination requirement in this case?
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Where to find every-day healthy food near Heathrow Airport?

My friend is long-term traveling to Hounslow, UK, and will be working in Heathrow Airport. However, he got sick recently, and has lost a lot of weight. He is still recovering. He was told that there ...
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How many medications can one take on a plane?

I have a sick dog and unfortunately the drug is not available in Poland because there is a break in production till June. It is relatively cheap and available in USA and my friend is flying back to ...
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Can I have a health insurance that starts later than the date I land in USA with a J1 visa? [closed]

I am traveling to USA as a research student with J1 visa. My university health insurance starts from 15th June, however I will land in USA on 8th June. Will that be a problem? Will the customs and ...
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Claustrophobic - travelling for the first time long RSA to USA

I am trying my best to prepare for my upcoming flight to the USA, the trip is all under control, its just the flight that I'm terrified of. I am very claustrophobic and do not even ride in elevators, ...
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Can I take migraleve into the USA [duplicate]

I only take migraleve if I get a migraine is this allowed into the USA as it does contain codeine
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Can customers really request a return of restaurant food in the USA?

In the US version of the TV show Kitchen Nightmares, I see customers returning food for any reason. But when I am in the US, I pointed out problems with the food in restaurants. They apologized but ...
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US Healthcare consultation for visitors

I work in US on a H1 visa and my parents are visiting for couple months. My mom has developed arthritis and I wanted to get second opinion from a doctor in US. I understand healthcare costs are ...
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Is LifeStraw a silver bullet water purification solution for travelling in India?

LifeStraw has a 0.2 micron filter. Since "most bacteria are 0.2 µm in diameter and 2-8 µm in length" (source), is it safe to drink water from any source using LifeStraw without boiling? (India in ...
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Can I take prescribed antimalaria tablets to Dubai?

yesterday I got antimalarial tablets Atovaquon proguanil at the travel clinic he told me I wouldn't need a prescription for this the thing is my flight is in Dubai will it be okay if I can put them in ...
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Air travel with refrigerated insulin

In a couple of weeks I'll be travelling by air on 2 separate airlines with insulin for my dog that must be kept refrigerated else it spoils, and I have no idea how to go about this. I'll probably be ...
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EU Healthcare for an EU citizen living in the UK

I am an italian citizen, but my residence is in the United Kingdom since 2016. I currently hold an EHIC card from Italy (which might not be "valid" anymore), and an EHIC card from the NHS (my current ...
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Traveling to heavily polluted city, what practical measures can I take to minimize impact?

I have an upcoming business trip to Gurugram (Gurgaon), a suburb of Delhi which holds the dubious distinction of being the most polluted city in the world. As a traveller, what measures can I take to ...
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Drinking tap water in India

I ordered SteriPEN before I started my India trip but unfortunately it didn't arrive in time. I'm only drinking bottled water here but am interested whether tap water in train stations and some ...
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Health-care out of our country

I'm an Italian citizen but actually living in Argentina (I'm born in Argentina, South America) Yesterday I suffered of a neck-pain and was treated with inyectables on the hospital of my country. I ...
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extreme flatulence on a flight [duplicate]

How should one handle a situation when your co-passenger engages in an extreme flatulence. You are stuck on the flight for good 7 to 8 hours travelling across the pond.
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Yellow fever vaccination for airport transfer? [closed]

I'm going on holiday to somewhere where there is a low yellow fever risk, but to get there I have a 4 hour layover in a city with a high yellow fever risk. If I'm not leaving the airport at any time, ...
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Does pollution in China suggest no bicycling?

I've read that pollution in Beijing often makes exercise unwise. Do the masks actually make any difference? I'm more interested in bicycling in other places, especially Foshan & Guangzhou.
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Where to buy distilled water in Vienna

Do I buy distilled water at grocery store or a pharmacy? I need it for a medical humidifier. It seems like most of the pharmacies are closed on weekends.
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How to deal with blisters / chafing on walking-intensive trips?

Some kinds of trips involve lots of walking: trekking and hitchhiking come to mind and I personally fall into the latter category. If you're walking in hot humid conditions or are still breaking in ...
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Are medical prescriptions for medical imaging or physiotherapy sessions written by physicians located outside the United States recognized in the US?

Are medical prescriptions written by physicians located outside the United States recognized in the United States? I'm interested in medical imaging (e.g., MRI or x-ray) and physiotherapy sessions. ...
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Do infants need their own seats on long flights?

What is the best way to approach a long (8+ hours) flight with a young child (1-2 years old)? It seems I am not required to purchase a seat for a child under two years of age which would save some ...
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How to vomit during a flight?

Last time I travelled I wasn't feeling quite well just before boarding the plane. I either had eaten something wrong or a flu just appeared. The thought of having to vomit during the flight made me ...
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Is ashwagandha (ginseng) allowed in the UK and US?

Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng) is a herbal product I regularly use. I will be travelling (only transiting) via London and then USA on my way to Peru soon. Does anyone know if this is banned/illegal in ...
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What should I do to avoid ear pain when flying?

I always feel a pain in my ears when flying. Specially when descending. The last time I had extreme pain, feeling it inclusive around my eye balls. It felt like someone was touching the eye and ...
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Can a foreign eyeglass prescription be used to buy glasses or contacts in the US?

Is it possible to get an eye exam done in a foreign country and come back to the US with prescriptions for glasses and contacts and have that filled by ideally one of the online retailers?
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Air travel with a stoma (ileostomy or colostomy)

A stoma is a surgically inserted hole in your stomach through which urine and faeces can exit your body. It's part of the operation where your bladder or colon gets removed. There are approximately ...
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Washing cuts in Mexico

I know you aren't supposed to drink the tap water in Mexico. What about washing a cut with tap water? If I shower, tap water will get into the cut.
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Is there any vaccines requirements needed to travel to Laos from USA?

I am going to Laos soon traveling from USA. Is vaccine required when visit Laos? If it's not required then I don't plan to get it unless it is requirement to enter Laos.
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How to find a reputable place for a meditation/health retreat? [closed]

I am looking for a meditation and/or health retreat in Europe, but have heard some "horror" stories from friends (horribly overpriced places, bad food, crappy teachers, etc.).I'd like to find a place ...
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Singapore medical visa for US citizen

Can US citizen get medication/emergency surgical procedure under tourist visa?
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How do we get a health extension for the US visa waiver program?

My Mum has been visiting family in the USA for 90 days from the UK; she has become too sick to return to England. How can we extend for 2 more months?
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What is the process of swine flu (H1N1) screening used at airports?

Today I received an email from VFS advising as follows: In view of the spread of the Swine Influenza A (H1N1) all passengers traveling to India will be screened at the International Airports in ...
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Is it safe to drink tap water in Penang?

I am just wondered whether is it safe to drink tap water in Penang?