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11. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Thanks all yet again. Isa, i've come across those before and several other sources, as well as talked to some doctors, and they all seem to contradict slightly which adds to the fun!

I'm trying to avoid Doxy for long term as I may well be using for a chunk longer than 3 months, although i'm aware about the more recent resistance problems, meaning I may have to switch (with a gap) from one to the other to cover where i end up.

Loubylou - Why didn't you tell me that when I was last tin the Uk in April.... Cheers! Will keep an eye out for a boots on my travels and look out for the gel.

Failing that, i'll go back to my old fall back option of wearing a full mosquito net inside a suit of armour to prevent me getting bitten

12. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 11y

Hi Gelli!

Boots have branches in Hong Kong, aren't you going there for New Years? maybe you could pick a bottle of the gel up there? Here's a full list of countries Boots has branches in

Donna

13. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Gelli

Thanks all yet again. Isa, i've come across those before and several other sources, as well as talked to some doctors, and they all seem to contradict slightly which adds to the fun!

I know what you mean, Rich! For every report supporting a particular treatment, you'll find a contradiction!! I finally end up going with the "majority rules" approach. (Our physician checks the CDC, says you need all these jabs and tablets. I do the research, whittle down to what's necessary and then prepare for a battle when I say "This is what we really need".)

I'm trying to avoid Doxy for long term as I may well be using for a chunk longer than 3 months, although i'm aware about the more recent resistance problems, meaning I may have to switch (with a gap) from one to the other to cover where i end up.

How long of a "gap period" are you considering?

Since doxycycline is actually an antibiotic (that just happens to work well against malaria), I wouldn't use it for more than the 3 months either. But, doxy can be used in combination, for short periods of time, with the quinine family of prophylactic drugs (mefloquine, primaquine, chloroquine). You could start your next drug of choice while finishing the doxycycline. It is suggested that the treatments be taken at different times of day (from each other) and with food. This will help keep any stomach upset to a minimum.

If you don't care to do the concurrent treatment, you will have about a 3 day window to start your next anti-malarial without loss of protection. (Yup, one more thing to think about...)

14. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 11y

Hello Gelli,

I've currently started my dose of doxycycline as I'll be heading to Cambodia in 4 days. I've been on it for 3 days now and I feel fine. Initially I was a bit apprehensive after reading about all the side effects of anti malarial drugs.

I've been taking the tablet after food everyday and no tummy upsets whatsoever. I've been advised by pharmacists that doxycycline is the ONE to take when travelling to Cambodia.

Also, I live in Malaysia and thus far I've not exeperience and sensitivity to the sun. It apparently prevents/cures anthrax and it good for your skin!

15. Posted by sunnysanya (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

A lot of people are afraid of Malarial disease, but as a matter of fact, there is rare case occuring in China.

Every time, when the visitors coming to Sanya Hainan Island, they will ask the same question about Malarial. I have been staying here for svereral years with my family, I should say that here is pretty safy place for travelling, even to the highest mountainous areas.

There is no thing so terrible about Malarial. It is a beautiful place to be visited once or twice in your life time. As the winter is coming, more and more visitors from home and abroad prefer to come here to enjoy the warm climate.

Now it is the end of November, the weathere is still very hot, the temperature can be up to 30 degrees. A lot of Russian, Japanese, Singaporean, Korean, Finnish come here for short time visit. It is said that next month, the international ferry will land on the Phinex Harbor in Sanya City.

Sanya inevitablely will be an intermational travelling destination.

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