Staying Healthy In Mexico
From the handbook
BEFORE WE GO
SHOTS: We encourage a current Tetanus shot for every team member. The town streets are dirt, and you may even see sewage running out into yards or street. We are also aware of dogs or other animals that could cause problems if they were to bite you. Another option is a Hepatitis A shot.
ISSUES & MEDS: Traveler’s Diarrhea is always of concern. Each year someone is a inffected, usually multiple people. So please take our precautions seriously. First line of defense is PREVENTION!!!! Select safe foods and water (foods thoroughly cooked, no salads or raw seafood’s, avoid milk, ice cream, yogurt and dairy products; drink bottled water, avoid ice cubes, use safe water to brush your teeth and take any medications) Please be sure to notify your leaders if you or one of your team are having difficulty. We are a long way from home and must take care of each other.
Pepto-Bismol and an Anti-diarrheal medication (Imodium or Lomotil) should be part of every individuals personal medication supply.
Antibiotics Sometimes antibiotic is needed. The three choices below are recommended to use. You can discuss this trip with your doctor. He may prescribe one of the antibiotics listed below.
….Levofloxacin 250 mg tablets, 2 tablets on day one, then 1 per day for 2 more days if diarrhea persist.
….Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole DS tablets (Septra DS or Bactrim DS), 1 tablet by mouth twice a day for 5 days. (the least cost).
….Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) 500 mg tablet, 1 tablet by mouth twice a day for3-5 days.
EMERGENCY CARE: We will make every effort to make you as comfortable as possible. There will be a first aid station at the base camp. If your symptoms need further medical attention, we will take you to Yuma, AZ (about a 30 minute drive) to the emergency room of the
DEHYDRATION: If symptoms arise, you will be watched closely and given extra hydrating liquids.
HEAT EXHAUSTION: If temperatures are extreme and you begin feeling light headed, dizzy, immediately tell your leader. Even if you have been drinking lots, heat exhaustion can happen. Tell someone.
COLDS: Sore throats, coughs and respiratory problems can be very common with the excessive dust and variety of temperatures we face during the week.