If needed, bring prescription medication in the original container or
have a written prescription from your physician. This is especially
necessary when you come back in the U.S.
If possible, get a Hepatitis A vaccine at least two weeks before travel
date. It is covered by most insurance plans. SHSU Health Center has
some doses of the vaccine.
3. Eye wear:
Take along an extra pair of glasses and sufficient pairs of contacts.
If you are on an insurance plan, bring a copy of your card and a list
of your physician, his/her address, phone number and Fax if possible.
5. Stomach problems:
GI upset is frequently experienced. Usually causes nausea /vomiting
and often diarrhea. The best treatment is avoidance of contaminated water and water based
products (ice, lemonade, teas). Otherwise treat symptoms with Pepto-Bismol
as needed and Gatorade type products, ginger ale, Sidral or Sprite.
(Note: Pepto-Bismol may cause the tongue to turn dark color while using
product.) Eat chicken soup (caldo de pollo); crackers, toast, bananas, applesauce,
rice, until symptoms completely stop. Avoid hamburgers.
6. Dust/smoke/ allergy symptoms:
Take an antihistamine or a decongestant; ask your doctor what you should
bring with you to Spain for this.
Both from too much sun (high altitude burns) and also on the feet from
walking with poorly fitted shoes. Use sunscreen. Don't forget your walking
Not worth the trouble it can cause.
9. If you smoke,
be considerate and respectful of non-smoking participants: don't smoke
10. Motion sickness:
Get Dramamine at a pharmacy in Puebla.
Don't take too many .
Usually caused by altitude and/or lack of water. Treat with fluids and
then Tylenol or ibuprofen.
WHEN TO CALL THE DOCTOR:
A. if fever is 103 F (39.5 C) for two days (does not respond to Tylenol
B. if diarrhea persists for more than 3 days.
If you decide that you want to see a doctor, ask the hotel desk or the
family to call the doctor recommended by the university.
For more information, contact
Dr. Enrique Mallen
SHSU Study Abroad in Spain
Dept. of Foreign Languages
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Tx 77341-2147
Office: AB IV 339
tel (936) 294-1433