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Recent Camping Trip (Overview)

Going camping exposes you to a variety of potential illnesses, from mosquito and other bites to Lyme disease.


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Back from india on 4/12 (1wk, 3rd trip). Persistent diarrhea since. Unlike prior trips this time walked on beach barefoot, ate at local restrnts.

Back from india on 4/12 (1wk, 3rd trip). Persistent diarrhea since. Unlike prior trips this time walked on beach barefoot, ate at local restrnts.

Traveler's Diarrhea: It sounds like you contracted a case of traveler's diarrhea usually from bacterial enteropathogens in contaminated water, fruit, or vegetables. If you do not have bloody stools, nausea/vomiting, or significant cramps, you can try Bismuth Subsalicylate (two 262mg tablets every 30 minutes up to eight doses/24hrs. You can also try loperimide. See dr asap if diarrhea persists or blood, n/v, cramps. ...Read more

Recent Camping Trip (Overview)

Going camping exposes you to a variety of potential illnesses, from mosquito and other bites to Lyme disease.


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Went hiking. Stayed in old cabin. Mouse allergy or hay-fever?

Went hiking. Stayed in old cabin. Mouse allergy or hay-fever?

Maybe: Other potential causes are dust mites and mold. Allergy testing may be helpful. ...Read more

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I visited Cuba last week of Jan 2016 frm Canada.Was bitten by mosquitoes though no further symptoms. Planning pregnancy now. Any Zika risk/precaution ?

I visited Cuba last week of Jan 2016 frm Canada.Was bitten by mosquitoes though no further symptoms. Planning pregnancy now. Any Zika risk/precaution
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Probably safe but...: Zika is not yet known to be in Cuba, but no guarantee; the first evidence might not show up for months. Even if you were infected, viremia (virus in blood that can infect a fetus) probably is gone within a couple of weeks. For maximum safety, maybe delay conception another month or so. Excellent info from CDC and WHO: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html/, http://who.int/topics/zika/en/ ...Read more

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Symptoms of dengue fever n malaria? Mother went to french polynesia w/out vaccination thought she was going direct to hawaii

Symptoms of dengue fever n malaria? Mother went to french polynesia w/out vaccination thought she was going direct to hawaii

Dengue/ Malaria: Symptoms of dengue can include a high fever; joint, muscle or bony pain; severe headache &/or eye pain; drowsiness, fatigue, agitation, rash & signs of bleeding like bruising easily, bloody nose or gums, or red petechiae on skin. Symptoms of malaria include repeated bouts of symptoms such as fever, marked sweating, chills with shaking, headache, diarrhea and vomiting. ...Read more

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Have there been cases of rocky mountain spotted fever in upper michigan or ne wisconsin?

Have there been cases of rocky mountain spotted fever in upper michigan or ne wisconsin?

Not that i know: Ask your local board of health since rocky mountain spotted fever is usually reported to the health authorities. ...Read more

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Planning a 1-week family (5 y.O, 9 y.O) camping trip in colorado this july. Any vaccinations for the kids? Should i bring any vitamins or supplements?

Planning a 1-week family (5 y.O, 9 y.O) camping trip in colorado this july. Any vaccinations for the kids? Should i bring any vitamins or supplements?

My Colleagues: Drs maes and arcurro have this covered.But to emphasize, there are no extra vitamins or supplements available proven to help any health issues in this situation. ...Read more

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I was in a forest area last night and got about 5 or 6 mosquito bites.wat are the chances of getting west nile or zika?I live in cook county, Illinois

I was in a forest area last night and got about 5 or 6 mosquito bites.wat are the chances of getting west nile or zika?I live in cook county, Illinois

Yes and No: There are mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus in the Chicago or Cook County areas, but the chances of an individual person getting infected by the virus or of getting a symptomatic infection from the virus, are not known. Yes, one can catch it, but the CDC reported 72 cases for Illinois 2015, which is not a big number. As for Zika, it is not yet in Chicago or Cook County mosquitoes. ...Read more

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Nick from healthy, 17 week-old household puppy without rabies vaccine 1-week ago. Sniffles today, but otherwise fine, as is puppy. In East Peru. ?

Nick from healthy, 17 week-old household puppy without rabies vaccine 1-week ago.  Sniffles today, but otherwise fine, as is puppy. In East Peru.   ?

Local Health Dept.: It sounds like there is minimal risk of rabies but check with the local health department for guidance on what to do in that region / community. ...Read more

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Any special precautions on a climbing expedition to 14K+ in Colorado? Already acclimatized to elevation of 7,000 ft. here. Monitor SpO2 perhaps?

Any special precautions on a climbing expedition to 14K+ in Colorado? Already acclimatized to elevation of 7,000 ft. here. Monitor SpO2 perhaps?

Yes, just in case: You're already acclimatized, but slow ascent and vigorous hydration are important. You may want to take acetazolamide 250mg per day. Available by prescription but inexpensive. It can prevent acute mountain sickness and will improve your sleep at altitude. Thanks for trusting HealthTap. ...Read more

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I have slight fever temp reading 38.8 i travelled from philippines yesterday for 26 hrs?

See an ID doctor: The numbers of possible causes are high, and include dengue and malaria, along with typhoid fever and other potentially quite severe illnesses. Better to be seen and treated early on. Good luck. ...Read more

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Vacation Costa Rica. 12yo daughter bad fever last night. Gave ibuprofen -it broke. Morning- fevers back. Has bug bites. No joint pain or throwing up?

Vacation Costa Rica. 12yo daughter bad fever last night. Gave ibuprofen -it broke. Morning- fevers back. Has bug bites. No joint pain or throwing up?

I would recommend: that she be seen by a doctor there so that the cause of the fever can be determined and treatment given if needed. Meanwhile you can continue the ibuprofen every 6 hours and make sure she is drinking plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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Havent done plane travel abroad in 8 years. Do I need to have annual exam from internist before I book trip?

Havent done plane travel abroad in 8 years. Do I need to have annual exam from internist before I book trip?

An annual check up!: An annual check up is a god idea, whether you are traveling abraod or not. If in this case, you've missed an annual physical, now might be a good time. ...Read more

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2 1/2 year old spent 4 hours outside yesterday. Today has 102 fever. No other symptoms. Could this be from heat? Should we go to urgent care?

2 1/2 year old spent 4 hours outside yesterday. Today has 102 fever. No other symptoms. Could this be from heat? Should we go to urgent care?

Illness: Being outdoors in the heat is not why your 21/2 yr old has fever. It is likely starting an illness. Call your doctor or have him seen. Not an emergency. ...Read more

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Now 11 weeks pregnant.OB appointment in 12thweek.Can I travel in international flight now?Is it safe?Any precautions?Flight is 22hours+4hours transfer

Now 11 weeks pregnant.OB appointment in 12thweek.Can I travel in international flight now?Is it safe?Any precautions?Flight is 22hours+4hours transfer

Need more info: To say for sure more information about risk factors would be needed but in general international travel should be fine. There is an increased risk of blood clots so be sure to stay well hydrated and move around frequently. Best wishes. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Air travel after IVF ok? Had to go abroad due to cost.

Air travel after IVF ok? Had to go abroad due to cost.

Yes: Recommendations for travel after an ivf treatment vary from center to center. Originally, women had recovery room bed rest for as much as 4 hours. Now women leave the office almost immediately. We do not really know exactly, so you may want to delay your trip home for a day or two. The delay would be for psychological reasons mostly but you may get solace if the test is later negative. ...Read more