Although Crohn's Disease is a difficult disorder, you should not
keep yourself from living the best life possible because you
suffer from this disorder. You should continue in your life as
you would without Crohn's, although a few more precautions may
be necessary. When traveling, this will ensure a smooth and
The first thing you should do, whether you are traveling abroad
or close to home, is locate a doctor in the area you will be
visiting. There are several organizations available to utilize
in your search or you can simply ask your doctor for referrals.
If you are taking prescription medication, you should be sure to
take plenty for the duration of your trip. You should also keep
it with you when you travel on the plane to avoid it being lost
in the heaps of luggage. Always keep your medication in its
original container and a typed statement from your doctor
regarding what medications you are taking and what they are for.
You will also need to get copies of all of your prescriptions,
including foreign names, in case you have to refill them abroad.
However, you should avoid this by carrying enough medication
with you, as filling prescriptions in other counties can
sometimes be difficult.
A common ailment among travelers to less developed countries is
known as "traveler's diarrhea". This can be especially dangerous
for sufferers of Crohn's Disease and special care should be
taken to avoid it from occurring. Basically, traveler's diarrhea
occurs from the ingestion of water or food that is not as
stringently processed as in the United States. Steps that should
be taken include being very careful about what you eat or drink;
do not drink water unless you boil it; avoid drinks made from
tap water, like tea or juices that may have been mixed from
concentrate; use bottled water to drink and to brush your teeth
with; avoid ice, ice cream, and uncooked fruits, vegetables, and
meat; avoid diary products as they may not be pasteurized; and
do not eat any questionable food. If you become affected with
traveler's diarrhea, take an over the counter medication and be
sure to intake plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
Also watch for signs of a medical emergency, such as high fever
or chills, which may be a sign of infection; profuse rectal
bleeding; extreme abdominal pain; dizziness; or dehydration. If
any of these occur, seek medical attention immediately.
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