Questions tagged [health]

Preventing illness and injury while travelling and how to deal with them if they do occur. Where appropriate use a more specific tag (examples under `tag info`).

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Is properly sealed bottled water ever unsafe, even in developing countries?

The highly-ranked Delhi Belly question has a number of answers that allege bottled water from minor/unknown brands may be contaminated or otherwise unsafe. Now I've heard of tap water being sold as ...
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Can I get a travel insurance policy which is valid for NON-MEDICAL claims, despite undeclared medical conditions?

My wife and I have several medical conditions, which when combined push the price of travel insurance right up. I understand that if we go for a cheaper travel insurance policy, without declaring our ...
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Are flu shots universal or regional?

Though I (cough, cough) have good health at home, when I travel I tend to pick up bugs. This repeatedly ruins a few days on holidays, with long-distance plane travel a major culprit. A simple ...
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Should I bring ibuprofen to Sri Lanka or is it easy to get locally?

I'm going on a long visit to Sri Lanka. I have a medical condition that may require me to take ibuprofen frequently. A Sri Lankan told me the following on Reddit: There's a shortage of medicine due ...
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Traveling to Egypt if one is HIV positive?

Can I travel to Egypt if I’m taking antiviral drugs? I have searched the internet and I’m left confused as there are travel restrictions for working or long term stay. I wonder whether such ...
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Bringing HIV Medications from Pakistan to Kyrgyzstan for a friend

A friend is asking me to buy his HIV and Hepatitis C medicines from Pakistan and travel with them to Kyrgyzstan, where he lives. His doctor here in Pakistan has provided me with his prescription with ...
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Can I visit or work in Singapore if I am HIV positive?

I worked in Singapore for 4 years (2004-2007). Through the work permit renewal process, I was found positive for HIV. After that, I was sent back to Malaysia Can I enter Singapore as a visitor? Can I ...
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What should I be aware of when eating street food?

I basically eat anywhere when I travel. I love street food, and I am usually not afraid of eating anywhere, tasting everything. However, I became a bit more careful recently. I have travelled with ...
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What is the difference between "health insurance" in the US and "travel insurance"

The J (exchange) visa application requires that "health insurance" be purchased. I've bought UK travel insurance (including medical claims etc) for the 6 month period. Is this different from "health ...
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Is it possible to build up malaria and dengue resistance?

I have heard that in countries where malaria or dengue fever are endemic, local residents have built up resistance to the diseases so that contracting them is rare or impossible. Is this true, and is ...
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Where can I get health insurance for an Indian traveler in Japan with type 1 diabetes?

I am from India and I have type 1 diabetes with no complications. I am looking for health insurance for my stay in Japan, which will be for a maximum of 90 days, but I have found it difficult to find ...
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What are the current travel restrictions on individuals entering the United States from regions affected by Covid-19?

This community wiki explains the current restrictions by the United States of America on the entry of individuals who may pose a risk of transmission of the SARS-Cov2, the virus which causes the Covid-...
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Long Term Travel - what insurances can / should I get?

I'm a freelancer in the field of software development and I'm planning to travel to different places, but also continue working. I'd expect to stay at a certain place (country) for 1-3 months. Pretty ...
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Should I bring prescription drugs with me for a long trip?

I am French, male, travelling alone. I'm planning to go on a 2 month trip across Hong-Kong (~2 weeks), Japan (~3 weeks) and Thaïland (~2 weeks). I'm currently taking prescription drugs daily (3 pills ...
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Can I leave Hong Kong after 3 days?

Recently Hong Kong government has relaxed the quarantine measures for inbound passangers. Now the arrangement is 3+4, that is 3 days medical surveillance (amber health code and restricted movement) ...
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Is Sri Lanka still a viable destination for a relaxing holiday given these crieria?

I visited Sri Lanka in 2012 and it was the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday. I found it safe, friendly and relaxing. Given the political turmoil there this year, I wonder if the country is ...
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Need advice on traveling with Venlafaxine and Vyvanse to India

I am an Indian national living in Australia. I'm planning to visit India for a period of 3 months or more, depending on the rules at the time of my departure. While in Australia, I was diagnosed with ...
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US Vaccination Requirement for Layover

According to the US government website, all non citizens must be fully vaccinated in other to enter the US by plane or land border. However, I have also read that airports are considered more like '...
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Insurer that covers medevac repatriation from Cape Verde

I am soon traveling to Cape Verde where I am planning to do some hiking. My country origin (Spain) gives travel advice, which states that an insurance supporting air medevac back home is recommended. ...
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Is MSG prevelent in Malaysian food?

I've got a trip up-coming to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Yay! But I have a severe allergy to monosodium glutamate (MSG). Boo! It triggers severe migraines so I normally avoid it at all costs, but that's ...
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Any area or district in Shanghai that you can avoid smokers?

I arrived at Shanghai but for me there are too many smokers on the road, entrances of subway stations, entrances of shops, and parks. Especially I hate those who smoke while walking on the road. ...
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Is it customary to tip medical doctors in Taiwan with expensive bottles of liquor?

I am travelling to Taiwan to visit a relative-in-law who will be undergoing a pretty big surgery procedure. I'm not familiar at all with Taiwanese customs at all, but the relative in question asked ...
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Can I bring non-prescribed medication to South Korea?

When travelling, I like to bring a few non-prescribed medications with me just in case I ever need them, such as aspirin/paracetamol/ibuprofen, diarrhoea/sickness tablets, and sleeping tablets. I will ...
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Given a location in the US, how can I see the average air quality during a given month/week/day based on historical data?

Knowing the information will help me decide where/when to go, and whether I should bring some air-related equipment (mask, air purifier, etc.). What I have unsuccessfully tried so far: Wikipedia ...
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Emergency care options in Thailand

My girlfriend and I are planning to visit Thailand during September-October. We are going to be visiting central urban areas as well as more remote places. Most areas would be touristic destinations ...
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Yellow fever vaccine for 7 day stay in Addis Ababa

From the 16th September on I plan to stay in Addis Ababa for a week. Now I have discovered that there are recommendations to get a Yellow Fewer vaccination for a stay in Ethiopia Link. Due to the ...
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Filling Pseudoephedrine script in Egypt

I’ve been given a doctors script (in Egypt by an Egyptian doctor) for Clarinase (a pill that includes Pseudoephedrine / Loratadine), but the pharmacist has said this is not available in Egypt at all. ...
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Traveling from the U.S. to Turkey with prescription medications (Adderall, Ritalin)

I am a U.S. citizen. I need to travel from the U.S. to Turkey with my wife and daughter and stay there for 2 weeks (we meet with our relatives from other countries there). I need to take prescription ...
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What are the consequences of a foreigner acquiring medical debt in the US?

Suppose someone travelling in the US is involved in an accident, gets treated in an emergency room, and then recovers. They are presented with a bill of thousands of dollars, which they are unable to (...
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How to buy cheap/disposable/nonprescription/generic reading glasses in China?

Even though they're in a tough case, my reading glasses were broken when I pulled them out to fill in a hotel registration form a couple of nights ago here in China. My previous pair was nicked by a ...
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How to prevent "Delhi Belly" from eating/drinking locally?

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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What are the risks drinking tap water in Laos?

Currently travelling in Laos, we are asking ourselves whether we should drink tap water or not? Could it potentially be dangerous or is it just a matter of a short and light sick? As I am currently ...
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What will my typical radiation exposure be for one week in Bad Gastein?

The town of Bad Gastein in Austria is known for its radon therapy spas in which one can undergo radon inhalation therapy and other medically dubious treatments which involve exposure to radiation. The ...
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Rabies vaccine booster dose in Indonesia?

Is it possible to get a (clean/safe) booster dose injection for a Rabies vaccine in Indonesia, preferably Yogyakarta or somewhere else in Java? And if so, where? Other locations in Indonesia are also ...
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Are there some regulations limiting how loud in-flight announcements can be?

I am sometimes surprised at how loud some in-flight announcements are in some flights. Are there some regulations on how loud in-flight announcements can be?
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High cabin pressure flights?

I've got dysfunction in my ears; this drastically slows the regulation of pressure behind my eardrums. The result of this is that the pressure changes while flying put excessive pressure on my ...
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Is it legal to take intoxicants at an airport or on an airplane?

I'll be travelling to Australia from Ireland and know that it will be a very long flight. My doctor will prescribe a dozen tablets of Xanax and Ambien. I was wondering whether it's legal to consume ...
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Is it illegal to be under the influence of prescription drugs on a flight?

I'l be travelling in a months time and my doctor has prescribed me Valium (diazepam), for anxiety as well as Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep. He said that combining them with alcohol isn't advisable but ...
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How can I assess the water pollution in the rivers in the US?

I'll explore a few locations in the US over the summer and consider swimming in some rivers. How can I assess the water pollution in rivers in the US, preferably before going to the location of ...
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What counts as a mental disorder for ESTA?

There is a question in the ESTA : Do you have a physical or mental disorder; or are you a drug abuser or addict; or do you currently have any of the following diseases (communicable diseases are ...
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Is "gutter oil" a problem in any other country besides China?

China has a known problem with "counterfeit" cooking oil made illegally by gangs. Not just inferior cooking oil relabelled as well-regarded brands, but made from waste oil and rotting animal parts. ...
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Is calf compression as useful as foot compression on a plane?

I have both compression socks that go to my ankles and compression sleeves. I purchased the sleeves to treat shin splints. I have heard compression is useful on planes to help with blood flow. Is ...
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What are the recommended vaccines for travel to Thailand?

I think i'll be staying in Chiang Mai, Phuket and Bangkok. I'm from the UK.
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Which vaccinations do I need to travel South America extensively?

other than covid19 Last time I was there I had some weird/unusual acne(or rash? idk) on me even though I was in urban areas
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Which countries have still NOT yet reported a case of COVID-19 Coronavirus? [closed]

I keep finding sites that list or map countries WITH Coronavirus. I'd like the inverse - a list of countries that have yet to report a case of Covid-19.
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Vaccination for Nepal

I'm intending to go to Nepal (specifically Kathmandu and Pokhara) for 19 days trip, starting on 4th of April. After some research I've found that it's common to take vaccinations for Hepatitus A and ...
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Are there any medical conditions I should be expecting after years of air-travel?

Many people (including me) travel a lot by planes, sometimes 3-6 times a month or even more some thing around 30+ hours of actual flying time but I have done 70+ hours per month for 7 years when I was ...
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How to prevent damp items from getting gross in luggage

I occasionally travel for the weekend to a location 3 hours away by car. I have some toiletry items that I've often had to pack lightly damp, and despite me trying to take them out right when I arrive ...
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Getting antiseptic and antibiotic in Japan

My wife's toe is inflamed and it hurts, so we need to get an antiseptic and an antibiotic. But it seems that antiseptic/antibiotic sell is controlled in Japan, so it is not easy to buy from any ...
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Can I travel with Zopiclone to the US? [duplicate]

I have been prescribed Zopiclone 3.75mg by my Scottish GP for occasional insomnia. I will be traveling to the US in about a month, and I'm planning on bringing a limited supply (7 tablets) in case I ...

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