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Doctor insights on: Living In A Developing Country

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Wonder if malaria is a risk if you are not living in a developing country?

Wonder if malaria is a risk if you are not living in a developing country?

No (with caveats): It depends on how you define "developing country, " since malaria is present in some middle-income countries (e.g. Brazil). However, for the most part, malaria is present in resource-limited rather than resource-rich countries. If you're concerned about a specific location, you can check the travel section of the cdc website (http://wwwnc.Cdc.Gov/travel/) or just google "malaria map.".

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What if you get raped living in a developing country?

What if you get raped living in a developing country?

Rape: If raped in a developing country, the help provided would depend on the medical system available to you in that country. Or, if you're in the military or civil service, what medical care comes through those systems. These situations may differ markedly. Many who are raped (both males & females) do not tell about their experiences. This could result in higher risk of ptsd later.

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Can you get lifelong illness living in a developing country?

Can you get lifelong illness living in a developing country?

Sure: You can get a lifelong illness living in any country ; ) std's come to mind, hepatitis c, herpes, and HIV last forever. I believe you are referring to other infections? Yes, there are some unusual infections which can cause long term illness (with significant infection) - you'd have to live there for a while. See a travel medicine expert to calm your concerns & provide good healthy advice!

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What are health risks if living in a developing country in se asia?

What are health risks if living in a developing country in se asia?

Some, but GO visit!: The field of travel medicine is dedicated to encouraging travelers, but educating, immunizing, and preparing them to have a safe and healthy trip. Risks depend on specific location, activities, and travel duration. Think food/water concerns, perhaps malaria, other infections (dengue, typhoid), and less obvious things like trauma (rent a helmet with your bike), and std's. But all preventable!

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Why do some people living in tropical countries develop nose bleeds when they visit cold temperate countries? How to prevent this?

Why do some people living in tropical countries develop nose bleeds when they visit cold temperate countries? How to prevent this?

Epistaxis: Changes in the nasal mucosa resulting from cold, dry weather in the wintertime can cause nosebleeding, or epistaxis. Sleeping in a humidified environment is recommended for prevention of recurrences in patients with anterior bleeds. Recurrent nosebleeds may be averted by applying topical Mupirocin or Bacitracin with a cotton swab to the nasal mucosa, but this has not been proven to be effective.

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How to deal with living in a desert like country if I am allergic to the sun?

How to deal with living in a desert like country if I am allergic to the sun?

Allergy: What type of reaction do you have to the sun? Use tons of high SPF creams

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How can a MS sufferer living in a country where MS drugs are not available get treatment?

How can a MS sufferer living in a country where MS drugs are not available get treatment?

Depends on the place: One limitation is customs. If you mean can they get MS drugs sent to them- that would depend on the country's regulations. Some people leave their country for reasons like this. Some people have MS treatment once a day every month, people in this situation could travel perhaps Another limitation of treatment is cost, and whether the cost would be borne by the host country or not.

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Does a healthy adult living in this country need to get pneumonia vaccinated after age 60?

Does a healthy adult living in this country need to get pneumonia vaccinated after age 60?

Yes, after age 65: I know it can sometimes be hard to accept that if you are feeling perfectly well and have no medical problems, why would you need a pneumonia shot? But your natural immunity does wane as you age and....don't underestimate it...bacterial pneumonia can be rapid and deadly. Giving pneumonia vaccine to healthy older adults has been extensively studied: there is more benefit than harm.

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How does a child of another country handle living in middle america as the only asian?

How does a child of another country handle living in middle america as the only asian?

Adapt: First learn english if he does not already. Then he/she will quickly adapt to an american life style.

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Are pterygia common among airline pilots and people living in tropical countries?

Are pterygia common among airline pilots and people living in tropical countries?

No and yes: I know of no study showing airline pilots having an increased incidence of pterygia. They are more common in people from equatorial countries as well as those living in desert and harsh climates.

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I moved to a very hot country two months ago afer living in a cold one for 21 years. Is it normal for my period to change (come 6 days early)?

I moved to a very hot country two months ago afer living in a cold one for 21 years. Is it normal for my period to change (come 6 days early)?

That can happen: A big change in environment can alter one's hormonal balance and change the timing of a cycle or two, but of course, these changes are not predictable. Things that can influence hormones may include the number of daylight hours, amount of emotional stress, amount of physical work compared to sleep and rest, amounts and types of food eaten, etc... But cycle changes could also be just a coincidence.

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Does medicare prescription drug coverage have the limitation that none if living outside the country?

Does medicare prescription drug coverage  have the limitation that none if living outside the country?

Medicare rx out ofUS: Yes medicare programme all plansa, b, and prescription drug programme do not cover when you are out of us.

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Our medicare prescription drug coverage in michigan has the limitation that our living outside the country?

Our medicare prescription drug coverage in michigan has the limitation that our living outside the country?

Medicare rx out ofUS: Yes medicare programme all plansa, b, and prescription drug programme do not cover when you are out of us.

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I'm an expat living in a country with serious air pollution. Periodically, I would awaken in the middle of the night with headache and nausea. Thoug?

I'm an expat living in a country with serious air pollution.  Periodically, I would awaken in the middle of the night with headache and nausea.  Thoug?

Needs to be checked: If your symptoms are recurrent and keep happening.I will recommend you get it checked by a Doctor.It may or may not related to the air pollution as air pollution usually causes respiratory symptoms like cough and breathing problems.But can cause headaches sometimes.

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I take adderal, abilify, (aripiprazole) and fluoxetine but since I am running out of meds and living n a foreign country I have had to start rationing. Is it bad?

I take adderal, abilify, (aripiprazole) and fluoxetine but since I am running out of meds and living n a foreign country I have had to start rationing. Is it bad?

Not a good idea: Will suggest you see a psychiatrist in your new country of residence to see if these medications or other equivalents are available. You are doing so well now probably because of your current treatment and altering that may not be a good idea. Good luck.

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I'm living in UK now and always suffering from dry eyes.I don't have this in my home country in Asia.Does it related to the weather and dryness?

I'm living in UK now and always suffering from dry eyes.I don't have this in my home country in Asia.Does it related to the weather and dryness?

Dry eyes. : There could be atmospheric contributions to this, but I might think more simply that you're being exposed to more allergens or pollutants. Just a thought.

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What is a transitional living facility?

What is a transitional living facility?

Assiste Living: Transitional living is when an individual needs help with their activities of daily living and now are transitioning from home to assisted living or nursing home care. It can also represent a person at home but now needing more care such as a full time caregiver in the house.

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Can living persons donate their organs?

Can living persons donate their organs?

Selected organs: A living person can donate a kidney, a lung, or a portion of the liver. Doing so requires going through a comprehensive process of evaluation and education overseen by a transplant center. It is a modern day act of heroism that saves a life.

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Is living in a high industry zone dangerous?

Is living in a high industry zone dangerous?

Environmental Prob: High industry areas could have issues with higher pollution problems with the air and water. High electrical plants might also cause emf problems for those that are sensitive to high electrical wave forms. There would also be more traffic in these areas and therefore, more potential for increased problems with pollution.