If you have been healthy during your trip and feel well when you return home, you probably don't need to see a doctor. But if you've been ill, especially while traveling to regions where disease is prevalent, you need to see a doctor.
Many diseases don't show up right away. Some take weeks to months to develop. For example, 90% of travelers who get malaria don't become ill until after they return home.Reference 2
See your doctor when you get home if either of the following occurs:
- You were sick with a fever or severe flu-like illness while traveling.
- You develop these symptoms within 6 months of coming home.
Tell your doctor the regions you visited and about any exposure to disease.
It's important to be aware of other symptoms besides a fever. See your doctor if you have:
- Diarrhea that won't go away or that keeps coming back.
- A skin rash or sores.
- Reference Jaundice Opens New Window (typically most noticeable when the whites of the eyes appear yellow).
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Shortness of breath.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 7, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease