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While you can’t always prepare for unexpected illnesses that occur while you’re traveling, you can prepare for many of the common ones that may make a trip less enjoyable — or productive.

There’s no time for a sick day when you’re traveling on business. And when you’re on vacation, you don’t want to let anything stand in the way of that special time.

What to do ahead of time

It’s important to check with your primary care doctor or a local travel clinic before you go on vacation. You might need a few vaccines that you weren’t aware of, for example. And, of course, if any family members traveling with you are currently taking any medications, it’s important to pack the right amount for the duration of your trip. Take along enough for a few days extra in case of unexpected travel delays.

One of the most helpful items to have on hand while you travel is a first-aid kit – and it should be more than a box with bandages and antiseptic cream. Here, courtesy of family physician Neha Vyas, MD, is advice on what to keep in your travel first-aid kit.

Medicines for gastrointestinal troubles

Most illnesses overseas are gastrointestinal-related so be sure to pack medicines to manage diarrhea and constipation, such as Loperamide, fiber and bismuth subsalicylate.  These bright pink medicines will make your tongue and stools turn black for awhile, but this subsides when you stop the medicine.

Your doctor also may prescribe an antibiotic that you can take if you develop travelers’ diarrhea. Make sure you understand how to take the medicine and when to start and stop it. If you experience diarrhea that won’t go away, signs of dehydration such as dizziness or an inability to keep fluids down,  seek medical treatment abroad.

Medicines for respiratory illnesses

These can help you should you come down with a respiratory tract illness that can range from a cold to allergies from weather changes.

  • A generic antihistamine, such as loratadine or diphenhydramine
  • Medicine to treat cold symptoms
  • A pain reliever — helpful for a mild fever, discomfort or aches from traveling
  • Digital thermometer

Medicines for skin problems

  • Elastic wrap
  • A small bottle of liquid bandage
  • A few adhesive bandages
  • A small tube of triple antibiotic ointment
  • A small tube of anti-itch cream for biting insects

Other medicines to consider before you go

  • Melatonin, which helps with sleep and jet lag issues – particularly useful when traveling across time zones
  • Over-the-counter motion sickness medicine for those who experience queasiness and plan to be out on the water.
  •  If you’ll be traveling to mountains and other elevated areas, prepare for altitude sickness by asking your doctor for prescription anti-nausea medicine.
  • Traveling to a location with mosquitoes? Take medication to prevent malaria. This is usually prescribed by a doctor and needs to be started in advance of your trip.

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-first-aid-items-you-need-to-pack-when-you-travel/

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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