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How to Handle Sickness or Injury Abroad

Traveling to a foreign country is both exciting and nerve-wracking. There are so many things to prepare for and so many sights to see. A trip abroad causes you to meticulously plan for many eventualities, including medical emergencies. You aren't expecting to become sick or suffer an injury while on your trip, but it can still happen. Follow these steps to make sure that you're fully prepared to handle sickness or injury while traveling abroad.

Travel Insurance

A medical emergency can strike at any moment, regardless of your best efforts. It's important that you realize this when you begin making plans to travel or live abroad. Travel insurance is going to be an essential aspect of your travel plans. Depending on how long your visit abroad will be, travel insurance may be required before you're allowed into the country. The immigration officials in other countries understand that medical conditions, such as foraminal stenosis, can occur while you're traveling abroad, so they want to make sure that you're properly prepared for a medical emergency during your stay in their country.

Plan Ahead By Bringing Medications

While some medical issues and conditions can develop unexpectedly during your visit abroad, your pre existing medical conditions can be planned for easily. Medical conditions that you know you suffer from, such as allergies or mental illnesses, can be properly prepared for by bringing extra doses of the appropriate medications. Once you get to your destination country, you may find it difficult to find the medications you need, even if they're over-the-counter medications. In addition to finding the correct medications for your conditions, you may find that the medications come with a hefty price tag. This a recipe that will leave you stuck in a foreign country without your necessary medications. Remember to bring a copy of your prescriptions as well just in case you need to get a refill. Also, keep your medications in their original bottles or packages. Airport security agents get a little suspicious when people bring medications into their country in unmarked bottles.

Learn Medical Terms In Their Native Language

If you're traveling to a country that predominantly speaks English, you won't have to worry about this little suggestion. However, if you're traveling to a country where English isn't spoken very fluently, this suggestion very much applies to you. To ensure that you receive the emergency medical assistance you require, you're going to need to learn how to speak a few key medical words in the native language of the country in which you're visiting. This can be done by using a translation dictionary or a smartphone translation application that will translate words for you and speak them out loud. Taking some time to learn a few key words could end up saving your life. If you have recurring medical issues, like asthma or anxiety, be sure to learn and memorize words that pertain to those medical issues and any accompanying medications you take for those conditions so that you can communicate these medical issues to foreign doctors and pharmacists.

Bring A Copy Of Your Medical Information

Should you encounter a medical emergency, it will be very helpful for you to carry around a copy of your current medical information. This medical information document should include a full list of your medications, a list of your medical conditions, your blood type, a list of your allergies, and a list of any medical procedures you've had that might complicate medical treatments.

Before you fly off on your international trip, you need to check the Centers for Disease Control website to see if there are any mandatory vaccinations listed for the country to which you are traveling. You must have proof that you've received these vaccinations before you will be allowed to fly to your destination, so remember to bring a copy of your vaccination history to the airport as part of your travel documents.

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