In Thailand and Asian countries, there is a possibility of poisoning, and no one is immune from this. In this article, I will tell you from personal experience about the precautions and what to do if you happen to have food poisoning in Thailand.
Insurance in Asia
I want to note that medicine is very expensive in Thailand, therefore, in order to avoid trouble, I advise you to take out insurance. It works, tested on personal experience.
When we got poisoned in Thailand, the doctor’s appointment was covered by our insurance. The reception cost 10,000 baht (about 20,000 rubles). This is a consultation with a doctor, a dropper, blood sampling + medicines.
To use insurance, first you need to contact (call) your insurance company, and they will already send you the address of the clinic where you should apply. The insurance company will send a letter of guarantee with your data there, that is, they will already know about you that you are applying for insurance. And do not forget to take all the documents with you: passport, insurance.
We took out insurance at Sberbank with a maximum insurance amount of 60,000 euros. For 29 days, 5,000 rubles came out for two.
Being in Asian countries, you need to be careful and know the basic rules of hygiene, how to protect yourself from food poisoning in Asia:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap before every meal, after the street, after the toilet. For example, in a cafe I treat my hands with antiseptics.
- Do not drink tap water or even brush your teeth with tap water. Drink bottled water.
- Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly with bottled or boiled water.
- Store food in the refrigerator. Keep track of their expiration date.
- Eat only freshly prepared food that is served hot.
- Use disposable or your own personal utensils.
- Don’t eat street food.
- If someone close to you has been poisoned, then you need to wash your hands more often with soap and it is advisable to disinfect them. In addition, ventilate the room in which you are.
Consider the symptoms of poisoning
- Vomiting – several times a day
- Diarrhea, diarrhea several times a day
- Stomach ache
- Elevated temperature
- Throws in heat
- Rapid pulse, palpitations
- No appetite
poisoning in Thailand. How to treat
If you have all of the above symptoms of poisoning, I recommend not to wait, but it is better to seek help from the hospital.
But if you decide to treat yourself, then keep in mind that you do not need to immediately stop vomiting and diarrhea with medications. All toxins must come out.
1. Drink plenty of clean water to prevent dehydration.
During vomiting and diarrhea, the body loses a lot of fluid and various trace elements. Dehydration can have negative consequences, such as kidney failure. So don’t neglect it.
Tea, coffee, milk, juices – will not work. Only water or electrolytes, which contain all the necessary substances and trace elements that are lost in the body during vomiting and diarrhea. Electrolytes save a lot, make the condition easier.
Electrolytes : Regidron, Hydrovit, Humana Electrolyte – these drugs are from Russia, but local analogues are Electrolyte Orange Powder, Sea-Lyte, Tonk-KKK, Osra RO, Royal-D, etc. They can be bought at a pharmacy or in stores, for example , at 7-Eleven.
How to drink electrolytes in case of poisoning in Thailand : dilute the powder in a glass of warm water. Take 3-5 times a day.
If there are no electrolytes, then here’s a recipe for you : clean, 6 tablespoons of sugar, 1 spoon of salt and 1/4 spoon of soda or lime juice. Drink slowly in small portions.
Be sure to drink liquid after vomiting and after each visit to the toilet.
2. It is necessary to slow down the absorption of toxins.
The familiar ordinary activated carbon is suitable for everyone. The cure for poisoning in Thailand (analogous to activated carbon) is Deltacarbon Carbon Charcoal.
How to drink activated charcoal : 1 tablet per 10 kg of human body weight.
Timely use of these drugs can prevent the development of poisoning and eliminate the existing symptom. They absorb and remove toxins, some pathogenic bacteria from the gastrointestinal tract.
And once again, do not stop vomiting, if you feel sick, let him vomit so that the toxins come out, and do not remain in the stomach.
If the poisoning continues for 3 days or more, and the condition does not improve, then just go to the clinic. Here it is already necessary to take antibiotics + a dropper. Your doctor will prescribe a number of medications for you.
Here are the medicines that the doctor prescribed us for poisoning in Thailand: the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin (Ciprofloxacin), paracetamol to bring down the temperature, smecta for diarrhea, motilium for vomiting.
Hospital in Thailand
I would like to say a few words separately about the hospital in Thailand. Everything is at a high level, modern equipment, polite smiling staff. Everyone speaks English. If you have insurance, rest assured it works.
Diet after poisoning
When your condition has returned to normal, it is advisable to follow a diet for the next few days.
What can you eat:
- Kashi on the water
- Boiled chicken, boiled shrimp
- Crackers, toasters
Foods to exclude from the diet:
- Milk and dairy products
- Fruits and vegetables
- Foods high in fiber
- Spicy, fried and fatty