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HONEYMOON HEALTH TIPS: WHEN MAKING HONEYMOON PLANS, BE SURE TO PLAN FOR MISHAPS, TOO

 HONEYMOON HEALTH TIPS: WHEN MAKING HONEYMOON PLANS,
 BE SURE TO PLAN FOR MISHAPS, TOO
 PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Your honeymoon ... you'll need it badly once the stress and strain of planning your wedding is over.
 If you forget to pack certain precautionary remedies along with your film, wardrobe and swimsuit, you may regret it badly. It only takes one onslaught of mosquitoes, some freely floating pollen, or one tiny tenacious organism to ruin months of plans. But, says Joseph A. Zeccardi, director of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, there are certain things you can bring along to ward off or treat these maladies.
 Knowing which key over-the-counter medications and supplies to pack separates the unsuspecting tourist from the savvy traveler:
 -- Sunscreen, insect repellent, bandages, sterile gauze, tape and scissors are staples for the first-aid kit.
 -- Aspirin or acetaminophen to ease the pain of bruises, sprains, sunburn, pulled muscles, and headaches.
 -- Antacids and anti-diarrhea medicines. When you change diet, it can often affect your digestive system. "Unless you are traveling out if the country," Zeccardi says, "you probably won't have to worry about sever abdominal discomfort or dysentery. However, a change in diet can cause diarrhea in some people. And, avoid drinking water when you don't know its source. A clear spring or lake can contain bacteria or parasites that can cause diarrhea. Boil the water for 10 minutes before drinking it.
 -- Mild antiseptics can stave off infection from minor cuts, scrapes and burns. Wash the wound with soap and water immediately, then apply either ointment or spray.
 -- Hydrocortisone fights the dreaded rashes and itching from poison ivy, oak or sumac. "A cream with 5 percent hydrocortisone is strong enough to treat these irritations, as well as mild sunburn and insect bites," says Zeccardi.
 -- Antihistamines for allergy sufferers. You may get an unexpected allergy attack when you travel to an unfamiliar location. People with severe allergies to food or insects should pack a kit to treat anaphylactic shock.
 -- If you are on prescription medication, check with your doctor to make sure that you will be able to have a sufficient supply while away. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, pack an extra pair.
 You would have to travel by caravan if you were to bring the entire medicine cabinet with you on your honeymoon, but Zeccardi says that you should tailor your list to your specific requirements. "Be sure to have the basics on hand that fit your particular needs. And everyone should bring aspirin, antiseptic cream and band-aids."
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 /CONTACT: Steve Brown or Cindy Hoffman of Thomas Jefferson University, 215-955-6300, or after hours, 215-955-6060/ CO: Thomas Jefferson University ST: Pennsylvania IN: HEA SU:


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