What should not be missing in your medicine cabinet if you travel to tropical countries

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Traveling is the best thing to do in life, not to mention the best. However, sometimes doubts arise when it comes to flying towards a tropical countryAs we fear we are not prepared enough.

So that you travel with all the tranquility of the world without fear of what might happen, I have decided to prepare this article that will serve as a guide to prepare a first aid kit unforeseen proof. There are certain medicines and recommendations that should not be overlooked, so take note and enjoy.

Antibiotics

They are used to stop the action of bacteria, which is why they are also known as antibacterial. Ideally, arrange a visit with a doctor, but if this is not possible and if the fever is very high, it never hurts to take Amoxiciclina in the doses recommended in the package leaflet.


Antihistamines

They aim to reduce or eliminate the effects of allergies, something that is possible by blocking histamine receptors. Think that an insect bite can cause an allergic reaction.

If you are going to drive in your destination, keep in mind that there are antihistamines that cause drowsiness. They are the first generation, such as Polaramine, Atarax or Actithiol. That is why it is advisable to opt for others such as the second generation (Ebastel, Cetirizina and Levocetirizina) or the third generation (Aerius or Xazal).

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Pain relievers and anti-inflammatories

Ibuprofen and paracetamol are the most popular. They are very useful to solve headaches or muscle aches and it is good to always carry them with you. They are usually given orally and do not usually take long to take effect.

Antidiarrheals

This is most essential in a medicine cabinet that is prepared before traveling to a tropical country. Why? Because when you drink tap water or eat in a market you run the risk of suffering traveler's diarrhea, also known as intestinal flu. In 30% of cases it leaves you between two and three days in bed, so it is enough to take it very seriously. Antidiarrheals like loperamide may be the solution. Of course, it should not be supplied if it is a two-year-old child who suffers from the problem or if the diarrhea is accompanied by blood or a high fever.

The live dairy ferments They are also of great help because we recover the balance of the bacterial flora, while Ciprofloxacin and Sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim are recommended in cases of moderate diarrhea when it is not possible to go to a hospital.


Antifungals

To avoid or cure fungal infections, Clctrimazole and Miconazole are two very valid drugs. We must also think of Chlorhexidine as a mouthwash or mouthwash that keeps us away from possible mouth infections caused by a fungus.

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Antiseptics

Polyiodinated iodine is a disinfectant It works wonders to heal small cuts on the skin. Betadine and Hibitane are the products that I recommend in this case.

Sun creams

It goes without saying that in tropical countries the sun hits hard, so it is essential to always have a good sunscreen on you. You don't have to go to the beach to get burned, nor is it an excuse not to add cream because "I'm dark and I'm used to it." The higher the protection factor best.

Insect repellents

Insects can be your headache on a tropical trip, especially the dreaded ones mosquitoes. So you should spray the part of your arms and legs that is going to be exposed twice a day. I recommend Relec Extra Strong, which is the one that is usually worn by those who go to countries at risk of contracting malaria, dengue or yellow fever. It is made up of 50% DEET, lavender oil and geraniol oil. DEET is the ingredient used in all insect repellents and should not be applied to the skin if there is any wound.

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Basic equipment

All of the above is very important, but the most basic of all is what I mention in this section. In your travel kit to a tropical country you can not miss scissors, dressings, sticking plaster, safety pins, tweezers, sterile gauze, tweezers ... You never know what can happen.

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