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Cholera and doxycycline

Posted by Ross89 on 31/12/2010 at 04:32

Hello fellow travellers... I just have a quick question! Im travelling around most of southeast asia and have been informed that i will need to be vaccinated for cholera and many others. I will be using doxycline for malaria and have read that doxycycline is used to treat cholera so do i really need to be vaccinated for it as im going to be using doxycline throughout my time there and 28 days after. Your thoughts? Ross ...

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Bed bugs on the road any idea's?

Posted by patrickien on 22/7/2009 at 03:02

Recently while looking through hostel refernces for Bangkok I came across a few cases of lost sleep due to bed bugs, so I surfed the net for more info. Theres plenty of info but its all to do with getting rid of them and noyhing about preventing them when your on the road!! Has anybody got any words of wisdom? or does anybody know of something that works to ensure a peacefull sleep? talc powder? dettol? let me know greetings patrickien. ...

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permethrin

Posted by momof4 on 9/12/2010 at 23:33

How easy is it to pick up permethrin to soak or spray clothing against mozzies in SE Asia? I don't want to treat our clothes before we go since it apparently wears off after 6 weeks and that is well before we get to Cambodia or Laos and I don't want to be carrying bottles of the stuff around with us. So should I forget about it or will I be able to find some solution once we arrive? ...

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Fentanyl & other Pain meds

Posted by axact on 10/12/2010 at 10:40

Hi, I am currently in Thailand and am having great difficulty in getting my prescribed Fentanyl Patches. I have been to a hospital and they have to get a license to stock which they tell me could take months to get. I brought 3 months supply with me but wish to stay longer. Can anyone advise where I can buy Fentanyl or even morphine sulphate without a lot of problem within Asia.Tramadol is not an option. I am happy to go and see a doctor/ hospital for a prescription and have paperwork from home ...

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What and how to pack?

Posted by susantsao2 on 15/2/2010 at 11:09

I am leaving for another place for good in a year or so, has anyone had to pack up in this span of time for a trip before? What was your process, and where did you leave it all? What was the most random and un-explainable item you decided to keep? Do you have any tips or hints that helped this process for you? How long did it take you to pack up your life and leave it behind? ...

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How easy is it to get malaria meds in Cambodia-and did you have any other jabs?

Posted by newbiedanielle on 9/9/2010 at 22:09

Hey, just got a slight enquiry about obtaining malaria meds in Cambodia. Basically, Im going to be heading out earlier than I origanally planned to Cambodia (then Laos and Thailand) and have thus lost my appointment at the doctors for getting my jabs and prescriptions for trop diseases. How easy would it be to get some anti-malarials in Cambodia, as I won't have prescription-although I have been researching the different ones and doxycycline looks to be the way to go. Also what other jabs did pe ...

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First Aid Kit - buying 'in house' - possible?

Posted by siddy on 16/10/2010 at 15:17

Im following the advice for a first aid kit on this (excellent) site. Ive searched the forums but haven't found any informations on where to buy the gear if you are already in the area - (my first set down in Kuala Lumpur, 2nd is Bangkok, im writing this in the plane now). Im trying to find: Adheasive bandage (bigger and stickier than a band aid) rap-able bandage antiseptic cream/gel (for cleaning small cuts) hand sanitizer tweezers needle thread or fishing line also, does anyone know if its p ...

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I've decided to go travelling as a last minute thing, and have NOT had any jags!!

Posted by sammymac69 on 25/9/2010 at 22:52

Vaccinations are available in Thailand. If you wanted Hep A + B and Typhoid, they need 2 or 3 follow ups, so you could get the first jab in Bangkok, hang around for 7 days, get the 2nd jab and then keep laying low, maybe in Phuket etc (eating hotel food), after 15days u could get good to go. Many people dont get any jabs, and they are fine if they stay in the safe touristy places. You might find travel insurance much more important than jabs, so check that out. If you get bitten by a rabid m ...

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Malaria medicine advice

Posted by gordzilla on 4/10/2010 at 20:56

Hey, my girlfriend and I are going to be traveling in India and SE Asia starting in late October and we were wondering what other members might have to say about malaria meds. I've got a 4 month prescription to Malarone and my girlfriend has doxycycline. We've been talking to other travelers and it seems that most people say not to take them, what to do? While we will be spending some time in high risk areas like southern india it seems from what i've read that most of the areas that we will be ...

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Vaccinations and a query on taking medication to Asia

Posted by sophierose87 on 28/9/2010 at 12:54

Hello everyone I am yet to head to the travel doctor, and have searched online and on the forum, but just wondering what anyone's thoughts are on getting japanese encephalitis vaccination for 2 months in Asia? Spending 10 days northern Thailand, 2.5 weeks Cambodia (a week of that is at a place an hour out of Phnom Penh), and 3 weeks in Vietnam. Last time I went travelling was to China and the doctor basically said getting vaccinated was up to me, but I didn't end up getting jabbed for JEV. Thou ...

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Viewed 3,656 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Nokka on 28/9/2010 at 17:18

Jabs to get?

Posted by bdtjones on 21/9/2010 at 13:49

What is the recommended vaccines people get for going there? I have: Hepatitis A + B Tetanus what other ones do I need to go to SEA? I've read that I should get a tyhpus shot, as well as rabies. ...

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Laser Teeth Whitening

Posted by luce_uk on 5/3/2010 at 20:15

Hi I am interested in getting my teeth laser whitended whilst in SEA, can anyone advise where would be the best/cheapest country to get this done in? And also any rough ideas of cost or any clinic recommendations? Thanks very much ...

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Viewed 4,743 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by CrankyCarrot on 18/9/2010 at 13:13

Bangkok Street Fruit contamination

Posted by busylizzy on 15/9/2010 at 07:56

Came across this article today... "FRUIT buyers, beware. A survey of the Thai capital's ubiquitous fruit carts that sell snack bags filled with juicy watermelon chunks, papaya slivers and exotic treats such as pickled guava has found the fruit also contains unsafe levels of bacteria and chemicals that help keep it looking fresh in Bangkok's tropical heat." "If the pickled fruits tested, 64 per cent were tainted with hazardous chemicals, mainly colour dyes to keep the guavas ext ...

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How to kill a cold quicksmart?

Posted by CrankyCarrot on 25/8/2010 at 10:44

So it turns out drinking all night and all day is actually bad for you, and now I've earned myself a nasty cold. I'm trying to work out whether it's worth the time, money and effort of going to a Dr in Phuket, or whether I should just lock myself in my hotel room and sleep it off. I think I'm just run down from not getting enough sleep and hammering my immune system with grog. I've been taking multi-vitamin pills and trying to eat fairly healthily in order to prevent this kind of thing, but it' ...

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Viewed 7,939 times, with 35 replies. Last reply by CrankyCarrot on 7/9/2010 at 13:58

Diabetes - how to manage in Asia?

Posted by agajarat on 7/9/2010 at 04:13

I'm going on 3-6 months trip aroud Southern Asia. I am diabetes (insulin dependent) which means, I need to be equiped in conseridable supply of insulin and other devices. It both takes lots of space and in general is a problem because of the storage indications (fridge). Does anyone have simillar experience and could kindly share some advice how to manage such 'inconvenience' on the road? Is there any opportunity to obtain insulin in local hospitals? Many thanks ...

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Taking medication to Thailand

Posted by LaraP on 25/8/2010 at 14:46

Hey, I think I'm most probably being overly worried about this but have heard how some prescription and over-the-counter drugs we take for granted in the UK are not necessarily allowed in Thailand. I'm going to be taking about 10 months' worth of the contraceptive pill with me (Cilest) - would I need a GP's letter for this or is that unnecessary? Also, with over-the-counter drugs, are there any that I may take for granted in the UK that are not allowed in Thailand? I'm planning on taking the ...

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get camouflaged to avoid mosquito bites

Posted by sayadian on 18/8/2010 at 20:51

Just read a Thai Ministry of Health guide which warns against wearing black or bright coloured clothing as apparently it attracts mozzies.White,khaki,biege or olive are the best colours to wear if you don't want to be seen. Other advice includes the obvious benefit of repellents and nets but also includes advice not to wear perfumes or after shave as that attracts them too. So no more Hawaiian shirts and Brut then. ...

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How Not to Drown

Posted by tezza on 17/5/2008 at 15:41

Most tourist drownings in SE Asia involve people caught in RIP CURRENTS on popular beaches. Thailand’s Phuket and big Ko Chang have the worst records, but rip currents can occur anywhere there is a surf running. All that water heading beachwards has to get back out to sea somehow, and that is the rip current. Waves in Thailand and Cambodia are more a wet season thing, during and after periods of prolonged strong winds. Waves are absent to very small 99% of dry season. The Vietnamese coast c ...

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Good dentist in Bangkok?

Posted by Sampan on 13/8/2010 at 20:47

Hello all, I'll be arriving in Bangkok on the 25th this month and need to find a dentist. Can anyone recommend a good one, preferably in the Rambuttri area? All info is highly appreciated. ...

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Treating Malaria

Posted by esocha on 27/7/2010 at 09:39

I understand the malaria topic is vast, full of dualistic decisions and overly processed. But, it seems I have a unique question that doesn't fit the 'malaria' messages and travelfish info.... I'm planning to spend at least 3 months in SEA, up to 6 month. I am not interested in taking antimalarials as I have experience travelling for 8 months in India without the pills (mind you, in the north where malaria is less prevelent). Regardless of this, I am taking proper prevention along with me (bedne ...

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