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Living In A Developing Country
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! ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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.". ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Adapt: First learn english if he does not already. Then he/she will quickly adapt to an american life style. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
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