Friday, June 5, 2015

Lymphedema Summer Travel Kit Must-Haves

1.  Emergency Antibiotics - Before you leave for a summer vacation, visit with your doctor and see if he/she will prescribe you a course of antibiotics.  This is especially important if you are traveling to tropical areas where mosquitoes and other insects are more likely to carry disease.

2.  Good Quality Sunblock - SPF 50-60 should do the trick!

3.  Insect repellent spray or cream - A repellent containing at least 50% DEET is most effective.

4.  Anti-Itch Skin Bite Products - Anti-histamines and calamine can help in counteracting the effects of bites or stings.

5.  Anti-Fungal Powder - For those with lower-limb lymphedema, in case you develop Athlete's Foot or other fungal infections.

6. Triple Antibiotic Ointments -  To treat any cuts, scratches or bites.

7. An extra pair of compression garments - It's good to have a back up pair, just in case!

Pack all of these items in your carry-on luggage.  You never know if your checked bags will get lost or delayed!

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