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YOUR HEALTH IN THE TURKS & CAICOS SUNBURN Sunburn is a common skin complaint here in the islands, usually seen in the first two days of your vacation. Beware of the windy, sunny days -the wind keeps you cool, and you do not realise how much you are burn-ing. Tell the person next to you if they are getting sun burnt. Always use sunscreen, several times a day. Wear a hat, especially around midday “From ten to two a T-shirt will do!” If you do get sun burnt, apply hydrocortisone cream every two or three hours, which can be picked up from any pharmacy. If the skin blisters or is very painful, visit the doctor – a burn is a burn! DOG BITES The Turks & Caicos Islands is an interna-tionally recognised rabies-free country. Unfortunately, we do have roaming, unowned dogs in areas of Providenciales. If you are bitten by a dog, you may require a tetanus shot. A few simple precautions could prevent the bite from happening at all. If you meet a strange dog(s) do not make eye contact with the animal, because in dog speak, that is a threatening action. Cross your arms over your chest and back away from the dog. Move confi-dently. Do not turn your back on the dog and do not run. WATER AND DEHYDRATION Drink, drink, drink, as much fluid as you can. Encourage the children to drink, especially early in the day. You need to drink as much fluid as possible: water, juices, etc. You also need to replace salt: drink electrolyte drinks, use extra salt on food, and eat salted crackers – especially if exercising or playing out on the beach or the golf course. Your usual daily fluid intake at home will not be sufficient here in the warm sun. Bottled water is recom-mended. DINING AILMENTS Diarrhea and vomiting do occur on vaca-tion, whether it be visitors coming to the islands or Islanders visiting the mainland. If you are cooking, wash your fruits and vegetables in drinkable water. Avoid food left out of the fridge for a long time. Avoid undercooked meats. If severe vomiting and/or abdominal cramps occur, seek medical help. Treat mild cases with plenty of electrolyte fluids and Tylenol INSECT BITES There aren’t any life threatening insects on the island. The snakes are not poison-ous. Mosquitoes and sand flies (no see ums) annoy people the most. Cover the skin after 4 pm or spray with insect repel-lent. Most restaurants will provide a repel-lent you can spray under the table. If the bites become itchy, then apply hydrocorti-sone cream every two hours. Scorpions, centipedes and spiders can be found, their bite may be painful, but it will not kill you. If in doubt, seek medical help. JELLY FISH Avoid swimming with jellyfish; the small thimble-sized ones may be hard to spot in the sea. If you do, you may notice a little prickling, especially under bathing suits and in hairy areas. Later, each prickle will develop a red itchy spot. As soon as you can, wash the rash with shampoo (prefer-ably with warm salty water), then apply hydrocortisone cream every two hours. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS The pharmacies on island carry a wide range of drugs. Bring your prescriptions in your carry on so you’ll be sure to have your medicine with you. Most pharmacies will accept faxed prescriptions from your doctor at home. If you cannot reach your doctor, then the island doctors will help you replace your medication. If the exact drug is not available, a close substitute will be found. EMERGENCIES We hope you don’t have serious medical problems while vacationing, but if you do then call a doctor immediately. We are capable of stabilising medical emergencies and transferring the patient by air ambu-lance to a Florida hospital. Visitors are encouraged to check, before they leave home, that their medical or travel insur-ance covers them for air ambulance repa-triation costs. The doctors will make house or hotel calls if requested – even at night – for serious or painful cases. I By Dr Steve Bourne O.B.E., a fully licensed, British-trained physician who’s worked in the Royal Navy, on the Queen Elizabeth 2, in Saudi Arabia and Ireland before settling here over 20 years ago. He currently works with Associated Medical Practices MEDICAL SERVICES &#1a; EMERGENCY &#1a; DOCTOR ON CALL 24/7 : 432-2111 DR EUAN A.D. MENZIES MBBS (London) MRCP (UK) DR STEVE BOURNE OBE, MBBS, MRCGP 231-0000 DR FRANCOIS BOURNE MBBS (UWI) 331-0355 ASSOCIATED MEDICAL PRACTICES Medical Building, Leeward Highway, Providenciales APPOINTMENTS CALL 946.4242 W W W. D O C T O R S TC I . C O M Gynecology & Obstetrics EVA CARE ACUPUNCTURE DR. BEATE GRAY Gynecologist Consultant Cell 432-4488 Amniocentesis • Antenatal Care BHRT Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Cancer Screening • Colposcopy Contraception • Insemination Breast Ultrasound • Doppler Sonography Hysterosalpingo-Contrast-Sonography Hysteroscopy • Minor Surgery Infertility Evaluation Vaginal and Abdominal Sonography Acupuncture EVA CARE Medical Bldg, Leeward Hwy, Providenciales 649-946-4488 | Fax 649-941-2386 / Visit the Turks & Caicos Islands at NOV/DEC/JAN/FEB 2017/2018 • • • • • 25

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