Travel medicine specialists Dr Ron Behrens and Dr Bernadette Carroll consider common problems for travellers.
This module will provide an update on travel medicine issues in primary care, including:
- Using Loperamide to manage travellers diarrhoea
- Advising women who are pregnant about risks involved with overseas travel
- Providing accelerated immunisation regimes for travellers who present close to their departure date
- Advising patients on the symptoms and management of acute mountain sickness
- Deciding on which anti-malarial is suitable for an individual patient and advising patients on how to prevent bites
- Advising travellers on medication and equipment to carry to deal with minor medical problems
- Assessing patients with cardiac or lung problems on their fitness to fly
- Considering precautions and preparations that parents with infants or young children will need to take
This module was first published on 23 December 2010 and was up to date with all key guidelines and evidence at that point. It will be reviewed as part of our routine update cycle by 23 December 2012 but will be updated sooner to reflect any key guideline changes.
Bernadette Carroll is a research fellow at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases.
Dr Ron Behrens is consultant in tropical and travel medicine at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and runs travel medicine courses at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
GP Dr Julian Spinks