No matter how close or remote your travel destination may be, your body is changing the environment it is use to. Moreover, the sudden contact with hundreds of people while on the plane or train, different climates one gets expose to, may affect the immune system in ways one may have not predicted.
The ill condition may occur from the very beginning of the trip, if so, immediate measures must be taken. It is advisable to rest, even though the temptation to go out and see things is high. The travel did not agree with your body, so you will need to help it recover by resting, drinking plenty of water, eating light foods and fresh fruits.
If you have been cautious enough to take different medications in your luggage, you may find them useful now. You can treat by yourself mild conditions such as headaches, upset stomach, mild diarrhea, and cough. Nevertheless, if your condition worsens, you need to get the assistance of local doctors.
Before going to any hospital make sure there is someone with you that speaks the local language so as to be able to explain as correctly as possible your symptoms. Also, check your travel insurance in order to be sure it covers all medical cases; otherwise you may have the unpleasant surprise to pay yourself for the bill.
In case you are on subscription medications, make sure you always carry on you a legible transcription and a letter from your doctor explaining your condition and advising on any substitute drugs. They may come in handy if you run out of your medical supplies or your luggage – including the extra medication -gets lost or stolen. In most of the countries, special medications are hard to obtain without a proper subscription.
Consequently, in order to prevent getting sick and cure ill conditions while abroad, carry enough medications on you as to treat yourself when the first signs appear. Also, avoid further strenuous situations that will make your condition worse and look for medical assistance in case your health does not improve.