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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.". ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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