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I did not bring a thing except painkillers... busted my knee with a pretty deep cut on a rock when jumping into the water. 3 days later... massive green ooze all over the place and hurts like ****. A late night pharmacy and bought everything, some sterile needles to make a few holes for pressure relieve, iodine, skin cream, bandages and everything sterile. Now 3 weeks in and it still is not completely OK. And turns out I bump my knee quite often getting into buses and such. Now I carry a stack of all these.. knowing I will probably need them again soon.

Aside: amazed on how quick a small wound (from a pimple of just a scratch) gets infected in the jungle... really annoying!

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I did not bring a thing except painkillers... busted my knee with a pretty deep cut on a rock when jumping into the water. 3 days later... massive green ooze all over the place and hurts like ****. A late night pharmacy and bought everything, some sterile needles to make a few holes for pressure relieve, iodine, skin cream, bandages and everything sterile. Now 3 weeks in and it still is not completely OK. And turns out I bump my knee quite often getting into buses and such. Now I carry a stack of all these.. knowing I will probably need them again soon.

Aside: amazed on how quick a small wound (from a pimple of just a scratch) gets infected in the jungle... really annoying!

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Yeas you got the point exactly there. Even a small little scratch or skin wound that one normally wouldt pay no attention to at all back home in Europe can develope into a serious infection in the tropics. So one need to be careful about that.
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There is one more mandatory thing one need carry down here and that is of course mosqito repellant. Dont let those buggers ruin a night of sleep and dont get infected with malaria and dengue. Dengue fever seem to be spreading more and more down here.
The dengue carrying mosquito is operating in daylight hours and can be revognised by some white stripes on the body.
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Went out yesterday and got most of my stuff,
Got Imodium etc but when I went to the Pharmacy counter in Tesco i was told Doxycycline and Ciprofloxacine were prescription only, don't think i will be getting any of that, aint got time to get a prescription

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There is one more mandatory thing one need carry down here and that is of course mosqito repellant. Dont let those buggers ruin a night of sleep and dont get infected with malaria and dengue. Dengue fever seem to be spreading more and more down here.
The dengue carrying mosquito is operating in daylight hours and can be revognised by some white stripes on the body.
Got my Malaria tabs, is there anything apart from Mozzie Repelant which will fight Dengue Fever?

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If you find yourself in a position where you have to take anti B's to get rid of a nasty problem, you really ought to take a high potency pro biotic supplement afterwards, to get the good bacteria working properly again. If you have a slightly weak or surpressed immune system, perhaps through taking prescription medication regularly, then it is all the more important. You may not be able to find ''activia'' type products like yoghurts and drinks where you are, so a small pack of something off the shelf at most supermarkets/ pharmacies/ health food shops is ideal to stuff in your kit somewhere.

Broad spectrum medication is all very well, but you really should see your GP to get the right ones, as you may have some medcial issues or compatibility problems. I, for example can't take Ciprox it makes me swell up.

And now for something completely different, as it's not a medication, but works a treat, tastes good and isn't addictive or cost a fortune. TEA. Some forms of tea help with UTI's ( Urinary tract infections). Having an infection is both debilitating and dangerous for the kidneys. Best tea on the market to help keep things as they should be is Buchu leaf Rooibos tea. The Buchu leaf is well known amongst the natives in South Africa specifically for this purpose. I suffered badly & regularly with UTI's after kidney stones, and heard about this from a friend in SA. I've been drinking two cups a day for over two years now, and haven't had a single issue. My French GP is amazed and a convert! I never travel without with a box of bags. Available from most good health food shops).
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Went out yesterday and got most of my stuff,
Got Imodium etc but when I went to the Pharmacy counter in Tesco i was told Doxycycline and Ciprofloxacine were prescription only, don't think i will be getting any of that, aint got time to get a prescription

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Relax Wayne. As I wrote yesterday you can most medication without subscription in any farmacy in Thailand......at least those antibiotics mentioned.
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Got my Malaria tabs, is there anything apart from Mozzie Repelant which will fight Dengue Fever?

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The only thing that prevent Dengue is to not get bitten by the Dengue carrying mosqito.

And Dengue fever can not be directly cured, just be given symptomatically treatment. Although most people who have Dengue only got mild cold/flu like symptoms, it can get become serious.

But dont get paranoid. Use mosqito repellant after sunset and or consider wearing long sleaved shirts/sweaters and trousers after sunset. And talk to the local people about the local conditions. Theres really nothing much else to do about it.

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Relax Wayne. As I wrote yesterday you can most medication without subscription in any farmacy in Thailand......at least those antibiotics mentioned.


Spouse and I are planning on two or three weeks in Thailand January 2016. I take it that instead of trying to talk my local Dr into Rx'ing stuff for the trip (just in case) I can pick up some supplies in Bangkok before we head north?

That would make things much easier.

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Relax Wayne. As I wrote yesterday you can most medication without subscription in any farmacy in Thailand......at least those antibiotics mentioned.


Is there a problem Thailand of counterfeit drugs like there is in Africa?



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Spouse and I are planning on two or three weeks in Thailand January 2016. I take it that instead of trying to talk my local Dr into Rx'ing stuff for the trip (just in case) I can pick up some supplies in Bangkok before we head north?

That would make things much easier.

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I have looked in the Pharmacies in Thailand and they have loads of things you have heard off, Paracetamol, cold mixtures and other painkillers also think i found some imodium but cant remember where, and shelves of stuff I have not

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Usually my travel health kit contains antidiarrheal medication like bismuth subsalicylate, antihistamine, anti-motion sickness medication, acetaminophen, aspirin, cough drops, antifungal and antibacterial ointments and 1% hydrocortisone cream. And I store everything in special containers bought at https://www.walmart.com/browse/healt...979341_6338546 https://allinpackaging.co.uk/containers/

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Not sure if this is what you are talking about, but I have a small med bag, and in that bag I have one of those cheap 7 day pill boxes with:

Advil, Aspirin, Benadryl, Imodium A-D, Tums, Tylenol, Cough Drops

over the years it has been used a lot by a lot of people.

In the whole Kit:
Band-Aids, Medical Wrap, Medical Tape, Eye Drops, Tiger Balm, Hand Cleaner, Sunscreen, Pepto-Bismal, Monkey Butt Powder, Hand Lotion, Lip Balm (chapstick stuff), pill box with stuff above.

It all fits in a Walmart school pencil bag.

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Thank you all guys for the useful information. Now my first aid kit is full of medical stuff.
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Think everything else has been mentioned here, but just a word of caution for antibiotics: do not use it intermittently. Take it as recommended, and do so until the last day of the recommendation. In the case of counterfeit drugs, just make sure to stick with legit pharmacies, an online search should help you with that.
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