Health Beat 6-1-2005

Traveling Medicine Show

From blistered feet to upset stomach to altitude sickness, any number of ailments can fell even the most seasoned planner on the road. The best way to spell relief, advise the experts at HTH Travel Insurance (, is to keep a well-stocked medical kit in your bag.
    Basic over-the-counter medications to include:
    " Acetaminophen or ibuprofen for minor pain and fever
    " Imodium AD or Lomotil for diarrhea
    " Calamine lotion for poison ivy
    " A quick-acting antacid such as Tums, Maalox or Mylanta
    " Dramamine to combat the symptoms of motion sickness
    For minor cuts, burns or lacerations, include the following:
    " Alcohol wipes
    " Iodine to sterilize wounds
    " An antibacterial ointment, such as Neosporin
    " Adhesive bandages and gauze
    Round out the kit with basics such as a cloth sling, tweezers, a thermometer, lip balm, insect repellent and sunscreen. And be sure to carry your prescription medications with you.