Medical Tourism 101


Most people return from their vacations abroad with a memory card full of digital photos and a few quirky souvenirs. While others come back with a dazzling set of beautifully capped teeth or newly found mobility from knee surgery – and a wallet that’s much less empty than if they’d had the same procedures done at home.

Medical tourism (traveling across international borders to obtain medical treatment) is currently a $40 billion market in the US, it’s expected to reach or top $100 billion by the end of 2016!

Here are a few common questions and concerns about Medical Tourism

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Health Tips Weekly Roundup #365Health


It was a busy week on The Travel Pharmacist’s Facebook Page! Our Health Tips included everything from how to get a better nights’ sleep to the importance of keeping the head warm to avoid sinus headaches. I think my favorite was learning it’s really my smartphone that’s to blame for those extra pounds from late night snacking!

Here is the weekly roundup for your #365Health…

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Health Tips Weekly Update #365Health

On January 1st, The Travel Pharmacist Facebook Page started a new resolution. We decided to provide an informative health and wellness tip every single day of 2015. #365Health

We’re covering everything from diet and exercise to herbal, OTC, and prescription remedies – and, of course – the vacation and “exploring the world” health tips you’d expect from The TRAVEL Pharmacist.

Here is a recap of last week’s offerings…

Saturday –


Avoid travel headaches – literally! Changes in cabin pressure can cause the sinus cavities to swell shut, causing headache pain and head discomfort. To prevent this particular travel headache, try taking an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen (Motrin) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) 30 minutes before you take off. Happy Travels!

Sunday –


A glass of wine is equivalent to one hour in the gym. Best news ever, LOL! Research conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are equivalent to those that we get from exercise. Everything in moderation, of course!

Monday –


Got the Monday Blues? Grab an orange or a tangerine! Citrus fruits have the ability to raise levels of chemicals in the brain that affect your mood. And they pack a big dose of natural vitamin C. Orange you glad you read this today? 🙂

Tuesday –

Diet stalled?

Is your diet stalled? Try this simple trick. Switch out your dinner plates for salad plates and fill ’em up. The visual illusion tells our brain that we’re full more quickly, saving 40% extra calories from a typical meal!

Wednesday –

Naps are nice

Naps are nice! Nappers know that taking a short rest can refresh the mind and body. Health benefits of naps also include reduced stress levels, memory improvement, increased alertness and boosts of creativity. Cats know what’s good for them!

Thursday –

Cool Mist humidifier

Misty morning promote better sleep. At night when you’re sleeping with the heat on, microscopic irritants can be a nuisance – drying nasal passages and causing a scratchy throat. A cool-mist humidifier gives back soothing moisture and allows for deeper sleep.

Friday –

The power of the pen

The power of the pen (or pencil)! It’s a good idea to always bring your own pen to sign in at the doctor’s office or urgent care clinic. Lots of sick people are coming through and you don’t want to pick up their icky germs. For the same reason, you should also avoid flipping through the magazines in the waiting room – though that’s a tough one for me.

Wishing you a happy and healthy week!

Come visit our Facebook Page every morning for your dose of good health or enjoy the Health Tips #365Health recap here on Fridays.

What was YOUR favorite health tip this week?

Dealing With Sprains & Strains

All it takes is one wrong move carrying that extra heavy bag or enjoying yourself a little too much on your holiday to find yourself with the minor injury of a sprain or strain. While not many of us will plan to endeavor a stand up paddle trip from Denmark to Norway it’s easy to twist an ankle or feel a painful shoulder twinge lifting your stuffed backpack, signaling a sprain or strain has occurred. Knowing what your injury is and how to treat it is the first course of action. Read on to learn the best treatments for getting up and going again!

Know the difference between sprains and strains

A sprain involves the ligaments around a joint. With a sprain you stretch the ligaments that connect bone to bone along a joint. This area will often start swelling very quickly and a bruise may appear.

An ankle sprain showing signs of bruising
An ankle sprain showing signs of bruising

A strain involves the muscle itself. The muscle may be stretched, or even torn. Strains can involve major muscle groups or the tendons that attach the muscle to the bone. You’ll know these by the sharp pain and tenderness of the spot of the injury. Bruising and swelling are generally minimal.

How are sprains and strains treated?

Resting the area as soon as the injury occurs will prevent more damage. For the first twenty-four hours remember the R-I-C-E treatment. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. After twenty-four to forty-eight hours, warm soaks help increase blood circulation and loosens tight muscles. Keeping the body part as still as possible for a few days is the best way to ease the pain.

Over-The-Counter (OTC) treatments

When you’re on the go and it’s impossible to stay put for a few days, you’ll need to find pain relief at the pharmacy. The availability of OTC products will vary from country to country. A stop into any local pharmacy should help you identify what might be available for your specific location. Anti-inflammatory medicines (like ibuprofen, aspirin, ketoprofen, or naproxen) help a great deal in bringing down painful joint, muscle, or tendon inflammation. These can be irritating to the stomach, so be sure to take them with a meal or a snack.

Prescription Treatments

If the initial pain or swelling doesn’t get better after three days or if you are not able to put any weight on the area at all, it is a good idea to give the doctor a call. There may be more serious injury that only an x-ray can pick up. Your doctor may prescribe a pain medication or muscle relaxant for short term use. Some of these medications can make you very sleepy or groggy so use care when doing any activities that require concentration like driving a vehicle.

The availability of some of the medication suggestions here will vary from country to country. If your injury requires something more than an OTC product a local physician should be able to prescribe the best available treatment.

Happy, Healthy Travels!

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