'One-stop-shop' for travel health items

In addition to vaccines and prescription-only medication, we offer for sale a range of other useful travel health items . The range is not meant to be comprehensive, rather a selection of products which we have first-hand experience of using in the field (either personally or professionally) and which we can recommend:

Sun-creams:

Aloe Gator Sun Filter Lotion spf 8, Aloe Gator Sunblock Lotion spf 15, Aloe Gator Total Sunblock Lotion spf 40, all sold in the TrExMed One-Stop Shop

Aloe Gator range: Long lasting (up to 8 hours), waterproof, non-greasy, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, contains soothing Aloe vera gel, and no PABA (so it shouldn't sting if/when the sweat runs into your eyes).

We stock SPF factors 15 and 40 sun-creams for adults, a broad-spectrum SPF 40 cream for children and flavoured SPF 30 lip balm. Made in USA.

For mountaineers, we also now stock the new, broad-spectrum, SPF 50 cream from Lifesystems, made specifically for high altitude sun exposure.

Insect repellents:

Mosiguard Natural, just as effective as DEET, but safe for babies and with a more pleasant, lemon eucalyptus smell Lifesystems Expedition Plus 50: a DEET-based insect repellent, with added pyrethroids to kill mozzies on contact

These all work by confusing the 'homing-in' mechanism of biting insects, ticks etc. They do not 'repel', as such, so do not have to be noxious or very smelly.

  • Mosiguard Natural: Based on the natural, aromatic properties of Australian lemon eucalyptus oil. Safe for babies and does not damage synthetic fabrics. Shown to be as effective as 50% DEET against mosquitoes, although may need reapplying sooner. Comes as cream, stick, roll-on or spray. Made in UK.
  • Lifesystems Expedition Plus 50: Contains 50% DEET plus some added pyrethroids to kill any mozzies persistent enough to still land on your skin. May damage synthetic fabrics.

Mosquito nets:

All our mosquito nets are impregnated with long-lasting permethrin and therefore offer maximum protection at night from mosquitoes, sand flies, kissing bugs etc. They also help to keep out snakes, scorpions and vampire bats, if tucked in properly.

Pop-up Mosi-Nets for both single and double beds Pop-up dome mosquito net small

We offer a range of sizes and options, including a compact net for backpackers, three self-standing, pop-up Mosi-Net models (head dome, single and double bed), and various bell and box nets. A special jungle hammock net, designed to Jim's specifications, will also shortly be available. Made in Turkey.

Insect bite relief:

  • Hydrocortisone cream (1%)is more effective than topical antihistamine creams. Also comes with clotrimazole (see below) to treat thrush - Why carry two tubes, when one will do?

Anti-fungal preparations:

An important subject often overlooked by travel medicine professionals: Fungal infections, e.g. 'thrush', 'jock itch', athlete's foot or intestinal candidiasis can dramatically reduce the quality of life on your trip. Problems commonly occur in humid, tropical climates, where washing facilities may be limited and particularly among people taking doxycycline, or other antibiotics. We offer:

  • Horopito soft-gel capsules (contain active extract of Pseudowintera colorata, a plant endemic to New Zealand, with natural fungicidal properties)
  • Lepicol capsules, containing probiotics and fructo-oligosaccharides
  • Horopito Intimate Care cream for thrush
  • Clotrimazole HC (1%/1%) cream
  • Lamasil Once (terbinafine single application gel) for athlete's foot and/or jock itch. A great product for jungle conditions. The active ingredient binds to the skin and keeps working for up to a week.

Water purification:

water bottle, with built-in water filter and iodine treatment device - suitable for trekking

Nothing beats bringing water to a rolling boil for sterilising water and you can also make a refreshing tea. Of the numerous other gadgets/chemical methods on the market, we stock:

  • Aqua Pure Traveller a combination water bottle with replaceable filter and iodine treatment device. Useful for trekking/cycling/kayaking trips or for when you simply don't have the means to boil up a brew. Treats up to 350 litres, depending on how clear your source water is.
  • Chlorine Dioxide tablets: Not to be confused with chlorine! Effective against bacteria, viruses, protozoa and cysts, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Doesn't leave a residual taste or odour (which chlorine, iodine and silver all do).

Blister kits:

Duct tape is useful too for both prevention of 'hot-spots' and ensuring blister plasters stay in place (particulartly when kayaking).

Nicky Armstrong and Jim Bond

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