When traveling to any new destination internationally, visiting a personal physician or health clinic, at least four weeks before departure, is always recommended. This can allow you to understand the common ailments that may be at your destination, plus, get vaccinations and immunization to ensure you do not catch any infection or illnesses that commonly prevail in the country or the place you are traveling.
Traveling to a new destination can be very relaxing and enjoyable if we follow some common sense steps and bring our medical kit along, which contains all the necessary things. Also, medical travel insurance can be of great use, especially gives you cover in your home country as well, if the need arises for continuing medication or treatment after returning back to your home.
Travelers to Egypt must get a yellow fever vaccination no matter what and is recommended for all those who are older than one year of age. Generally, no other vaccinations are needed. Hepatitis C is at highest incidence in Egypt but the infection can spread only when sharing contaminated needles, so make sure you stay away from something like this to ensure safety.
Another important factor that that ETC giving you, you should look for the preparation for heat protection which means carrying a lot of sunblock and drinking lot of water that can keep you hydrated all the time. Only bottled water must be used, as waters in the Egyptian cities is said to be highly chlorinated. Also, there should be ample care taken when eating out to prevent the occurrence of travelers’ diarrhea, which is a very common health concern that most people face when traveling to a new country. The water of Nile River should never be consumed. Medical treatment can be very expensive sometimes so travel insurance must always be included in your budget. Also, medical facilities that are good are accessible only in some major cities of Egypt.
When visiting Egypt, don’t drink the tap water – it’s highly chlorinated. However, with enough time in Egypt, you could potentially grow accustomed to the water. This doesn’t mean that the tap water is polluted, it simply means that you are not used to it, and you might get stomach problems. It is advisable to drink bottled water during your entire holiday. That is why I would advise strongly that you don’t drink the tap water, and use it only for washing and brushing your teeth.
Tourists are often advised not to eat the many fresh fruits or vegetables, but this means missing out on some of the best taste sensations you will ever have! In Egypt, it is safe to eat fruit and vegetables, as long as the food has been washed correctly! You will find that any good hotel or cruise boat will wash them before cooking, so don’t worry! Avoid eating in really cheap places or local outlets. If you wish to eat local food, stick with Falafel, or what Egyptians called Tammia, preferably from a known place such as the restaurants on the streets of Downtown. Tammia is very cheap, very safe and a very tasty food.
Then …How come?
At this point, most people would assume that the food causes this problem; others would say it was the water! But I was always convinced that it was neither! Since we all ate the same food and we only drank bottled water, and a few of us still caught this “bug”, I decided to start to monitor the eating habits of the groups more closely! Eventually, I was able to find the real reasons for these illnesses, and they were:
THERE IS NO MALARIA IN EGYPT!
Egypt hasn’t had a malaria case in the last 50 years. Some travelers may take tablets during their stay and don’t realize that one of the many side effects of the tablets is diarrhea!
So, our advice is not to take malaria tablets, simply you don’t need them. I have often seen people ruin their whole trip because they were advised to take these tablets. They get diarrhea on a daily basis and end up staying in bed, while the rest of their party are out enjoying themselves! Some tourists come to Egypt taking these tablets because their doctor advised them to do so! Unfortunately, too many doctors giving such advice promptly once they know that Egypt is located in Africa, So they immediately advise their patients to take these tablets, two weeks before commencing their trip.
Your Medical Care:
I would advise you to bring a supply of any medicines that you take regularly and bring the prescription too. Feel safe in the knowledge that in the unlikely event of serious trouble, your hotel or cruise boat staff will find, and provide, a doctor for you instantly.
And don’t forget that is always a good idea to bring mosquito repellent for open-air night events! It helps to minimize the “mosquito annoyance factor”!