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Travel Health - Post-Travel Care

If you have been healthy during your trip and feel well when you return home, you don't need to see a doctor. But if you've been ill, especially while traveling to regions where disease is prevalent, you need to see a doctor.

Many diseases don't show up right away. Some take weeks to months to develop. For example, 90% of travelers who get malaria don't become ill until after they return home.2

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See your doctor when you get home if either of the following occurs:

  • You were sick with a fever or severe flu-like illness while traveling.
  • You develop these symptoms within 6 months of coming home.

Tell your doctor the regions you visited and about any exposure to disease.

It's important to be aware of other symptoms besides a fever. See your doctor if you have:

  • Diarrhea that won't go away or that keeps coming back.
  • A skin rash or sores.
  • Jaundice (typically most noticeable when the whites of the eyes appear yellow).
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Fatigue.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: October 14, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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