Health First: The Medical City
It’s exciting to go on a trip especially to a place that you’ve yet visited but have only seen on magazines and on TV. It’s so exciting if you think about it—trekking the Andes Mountains to visit Machu Picchu in Peru, riding at the back of a big elephant in Thailand, exploring the thousands of torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan, having a gastronomic adventure at the Raohe Night Market in Taiwan, and endless options for shopping at Mongkok, Hong Kong – the list is endless!
But nothing waters down this excitement when you get sick during your travels.
Aside from packing the essentials and booking into a hotel, a traveler needs to include a health check in their todo list. It is highly recommended to allot time for a check-up six to eight weeks before flying overseas.
Getting sick is the worst thing that travelers might encounter, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. The Medical City (TMC) Wellness and Aesthetics Institute encourages people to schedule an appointment to enjoy a worry-free trip and lists tips and notes for a thorough check-up:
1. Discuss personal travel plans with a doctor to determine the correct medication and vaccination for the trip. One should get shots for yellow or typhoid fever, rabies, as well as hepatitis A or B. “It is more practical to spend money in disease prevention rather than spending for treatment,” says Dr. Christian J. Flores, Director of TMC Wellness and Aesthetics Institute.
2. Travellers should bring first aid kit containing regular and special medication. Dr. Flores advises to include “paracetamol for fever, any pain reliever like mefenamic acid or ibuprofen, dizziness/motion sickness remedies, betahistine, and loperamide for diarrhea during travel.”
3. Don’t settle for basic diagnostic tests without consulting a doctor. The Medical City Wellness and Aesthetics Institute offers a customized, optimized, personalized preventive health check, which is tailor-made based on the individual’s profile, medical history, and planned activities. This is reviewed by doctors to address health concerns that need to be managed.
4. Undergo a cardio-pulmonary evaluation if the trip involves a lot of walking or other strenuous activities. Additional pulmonary function tests are advised for those with a history of asthma or cigarette smoking.
5. When the legs are confined in a cramped position, this may lead to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or Economic Class Syndrome. To prevent DVT, select an aisle seat to walk around every two to three hours when on a flight. If one is travelling by car, include breaks to stretch. Massage your lower legs and be sure to drink plenty of fluids.
A visit to The Medical City Wellness and Aesthetics Institute for your health check before your travel would make you feel secure about your health and let you enjoy a hassle-free, worry-free trip.
Similarly, a health check after a long trip can also help ensure that you do not have any new medical issues or health concerns acquired during your travel.
The Medical City Wellness and Aesthetics Institute is located at 6th Floor, Podium Building, The Medical City Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City. Call (2) 988-1000 or 988-7000 ext. 6576. For more information, email email@example.com