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What to do if you get sick while traveling abroad

It is unfortunately very common for U.S. travelers to get sick when they go abroad. Even if you stop by our Scottsdale travel clinic and get all of the CDC recommended shots, you could still get sick from something we don't have a vaccine for. Perhaps the most common malady is traveler's diarrhea which is caused by e coli or similar infection. But what if you get really sick and need to seek medical care during your trip? Below are five tips for how to handle getting sick while traveling.

  1. Prioritize Rest and Hydration: If you start feeling unwell, it's crucial to prioritize rest and hydration. Dehydration can exacerbate symptoms and delay your recovery. Drink clean, bottled water and clear fluids to stay hydrated.

  2. Seek Medical Attention: If your symptoms worsen or you experience severe discomfort, don't hesitate to seek medical attention. Contact your travel insurance provider as soon as possible to understand the process for medical claims and coverage.

  3. Contact Local Assistance: If you're staying at a hotel, hostel, or rental, reach out to the staff for guidance. They can help you locate nearby medical facilities, provide translation assistance, and offer support during your illness.

  4. Follow Local Medical Advice: Trust the expertise of local healthcare professionals. They are familiar with the region's health risks and can provide appropriate treatment.

  5. Stay in Communication: Keep your loved ones informed about your condition and whereabouts. Regular communication can provide reassurance and assistance if needed.

While falling ill during your international travels may seem daunting, being prepared and taking preventative measures can significantly mitigate risks and alleviate stress. Visiting us at our Scottsdale travel clinic before your trip and securing comprehensive travel health insurance are crucial steps to ensure your well-being while exploring new horizons. In the event that illness does strike, remember to prioritize your health, seek appropriate medical attention, and stay connected with your support network. With careful planning and a proactive approach, you can navigate health challenges and continue to make the most of your travel experiences.


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