Dr. Rotgans says though spicy food and creative spices can be invigorating for your palette, your stomach may suffer the brunt of your explorations. He suggests taking along famotidine, which when taken once or twice a day reduces your stomach acid. Especially if you’re an adventurous eater traveling to India, Mexico, or Thailand, having this medication at arm’s reach is the kind of preventive measure your travel buddies will thank you for. Check out these 8 ways to avoid sneaky health dangers while on vacation!
Staying up-to-date is essential
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Vaccines save lives. Brendan Anzalone, MD, the president and chief medical officer of AeroMD Air Ambulance says peace of mind is something you can’t package in a carry-on or checked bag, but it is something you can have if you meet with your doctor before takeoff. “A meeting with your personal physician to go over your vaccination history is a good starting point for simple shots, such as updating tetanus or getting the flu vaccine. For travel to more exotic locales, it may be a good idea to consult with a travel medicine specialist to see what area-specific vaccines may be needed for your travels,” he says. These are the 12 diseases you never knew you could get on vacation.
Though this list isn’t exhaustive—considering there are hundreds of medications and vaccinations you may consider, depending on how long you’ll be out of the country and what visas you’re collecting—this is a smart launching pad to nomadic health: