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Staying healthy

Medical Kit

Many of the items in my recommended medical kit should have been packed already as a matter of course. The remainder is designed to give you piece of mind rather than save your life. Remember that pharmacies are common in the Dominican Republic; and in cases of emergency a medical kit should never replace on-the-spot medical advice. With this in mind, a traveler's medical kit could include the following:

  • plasters (Band Aids)
  • scissors or a knife and a pair of fine pointed tweezers
  • a good drying antiseptic such as iodine or potassium permanganate (not antiseptic cream)
  • antifungal cream (eg Canesten)
  • calamine lotion to ease the discomfort of sunburn and over-scratched mosquito bites
  • malaria pills (and possibly a malaria treatment kit) depending on where you are traveling
  • clean syringes
  • a good sun-block lotion
  • mosquito repellent
  • aspirin or paracetamol
  • antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin 500mg x 6, Norfloxacin or Nalidixic Acid for severe diarrhea; another broad spectrum antibiotic such as Amoxycillin for chest, urine and skin infections
  • condoms (or femidoms)

Other Health Files:
Sunburn and Heatstroke
Travel Insurance
Other Diseases
Preventing Insect Bites

Iguana Mama

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