Welcome to India travel health, your health when you are abroad is one of the most important things you need to consider before you leave for your adventure. The huge geographical differences in India, from the high mountains and golden beaches, to the arid deserts and tropical rain forests means that maintaining your health is a potential nightmare and the possible implications of lack of preparation can be terrible but only if you are under-prepared and uneducated.Search this site
Temperature, altitude, food, parasites and malaria are just a few of the issues to be concerned fabout, but please don't let this article alarm you. These are probably not things that will happen to you but are rather things that any responsible traveller should be aware of before embarking on such an adventure.Nothing is more important than a bit of common sense and adequate preparation!
These articles are not designed to tell you what you should do although I have of course highlighted the more important aspects. These articles are simply to make you aware that travelling in India is not like travelling in to Europe or America - far from it - India is a wild place at best so read and have sense and you will no doubt be absolutely fine (except of course the inevitable deli belly)!
Pre-trip planning is vital for India travel health before you leave so follow the links for comprehensive advice and information. Vaccinations against serious diseases save lives along with proper Malaria precautions and a well packed First aid kit. These serious health issues are one of the most important parts of your pre-trip planning and will need some extra consideration before making any travel arrangements.
The availability of healthcare in India is patchy and the quality varies tremendously. Women travelling in India have to take extra precautions regarding their personal health and for their own safety, so, follow these links for Women's health and Women in India.
If you are going to India for the first time then you will probably be a little concerned about the possible diseases and things that you can pick up out there. Read as much as you can about India travel health and keep up to date with disease alerts in India.
You can find more detailed information by following Vaccinations for India.
When I was India I stopped taking my malaria tablets purely out of laziness and I am fine but it is really up to you. There is malaria in India so think wisely about the pros and cons of this topic. Visit this link for more information: Malaria in India.
It is usually a good idea to make sure your tetanus shot is updated before you depart.
Lots of people who go to India go and get shots for everything but soon realise that most of it really isn't necessary. On Vaccinations for India I have listed all of the appropriate immunisations along with the risk / necessity ratio factored in.
Other India travel health problems are Stomach and Diarrhoea problems which are very common in India and you will be recognised as some form of god if you visit and remain unaffected. Immodium is a must! There is a link at the bottom of this page covering the ins-and-outs of Diarrhoea in India.
Always ensure that you have a well First aid kit before you go to India.
If you're looking for a complete guide to getting fit and healthy before you head out, or want some rehabilitation or nutrition advice then check out the Osteo Fitness Collective.
When you get back home from India make sure that you paying attention to your health. Some symptoms can wait for sometimes a few weeks before you know you are ill.
If you find that you are not well when you get back from India then you should consult your doctor immediately. It's so important to hit any problems on the head as soon as possible to avoid any serious health complications.
For anybody who has visited a well known malaria area it is advisable to continue taking you medicine for at least three weeks after you return home. Malaria is an incredibly serious illness and no chances should be taken. The symptoms of Malaria can wait for up to one year after you were infected before they arise so always be aware of any flu like symptoms.
Use the links below for complete information on staying healthy on your trip.
Avoiding these guys is a big part of staying sane in India and really not so challenging
One of the most common complaints about India travel health is the food and what it does to people. We've all heard of Delhi belly so take a minute and have a look at some good advice.
Malaria in India is not as common as it used to be but it does still exist and in certain regions you have to take extra care
Rehydrations salts, aspirin, Immodium - all essential parts of an essential piece of kit for India travel health
The healthcare system is reliable and efficient in most parts of the country. Here's what you can expect..
Women travelling in India have to take extra precautions regarding their personal health and for their own safety, so, follow these links for advice for women travellers in India
The last thing you want to do after your trip is come home with some exotic illness. Make the the effort and get immunised. Here's what you need.
I'm sorry but it's inevitable but you can protect yourself from it most of the time and here's how with some handy tips one what to do when you've got it
It happens and if you've ever had heatstroke before you'll know how horrible it can be. Go to this page for some advice on how to avoid getting it and what to do if you've go it
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