Krabi health tips
Krabi Health | Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration in Krabi
Being a tropical island, you are bound to be thirsty most of the time when in Krabi. However be careful when drinking water in Krabi as tap water is not drinkable throughout Krabi. This is why most tourists drink bottled water when in Krabi. As bottled water is cheap and widely available, this should not be difficult for you. The water and ice offered in Krabi hotels, are however safe for drinking.
Sip non-iced water throughout the day to prevent dehydration
When in Krabi, it is important that you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. This is especially important if you are going sunbathing in Krabi, and are especially active. This is when your body loses lots of water due to the heat of Krabi. Instead of gulping a glass of water when thirsty, make it a point to sip non-iced water throughout the day.
The symptoms of dehydration in Krabi include fever, a dry mouth, headaches and fatigue. If you suffer from extreme dehydration, it is better to take oral rehydration drinks or salts available at the nearest Krabi pharmacy. You could also ask for 'O-lyte' in any convenience store in Krabi. Then of course of all this does not work, you will have to make a trip to the nearest hospital.
Take care to avoid diarrhea when in Krabi
It is very common for Krabi tourists to suffer from diarrhea because of consuming contaminated drinks or food in unhygienic surroundings. Non-Asian visitors may also suffer from diarrhea because of too much chili and unfamiliar spices in the food. If you suffer from diarrhea, there are many anti-diarrhoeal medications widely available in Thailand like Imodium.
You should recover from your diarrhea bout within 24 hours if you remain well rested and drink lots of water to rehydrate yourself. However if yours is a severe case where there is fever and vomiting, it is better to consult a doctor immediately.
Avoid sunburns on Krabi beaches
When on Krabi, you are sure to enjoy yourself on the Krabi beaches. You are sure to find numerous activities to keep you busy on Krabi beaches like sun bathing, diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking and just swimming.
Just as there are lots of activities for you to partake of on Krabi beaches, you are very likely to suffer from sunburn or sunstroke. This is because the sun is extremely strong on Krabi beaches; so avoid any direct rays between 10 am to 4 pm. The best thing to do for your protection on Krabi beach is to use a high factor sun protection cream whenever you are on the beach.
You can also avoid sunstrokes by wearing a hat that shades your face. You have to take extra care when going on boat trips and driving motorcycles. A hat may not be sufficient as the wind can take the edge off the sun's heat. This will in turn create pretty nasty and painful burn when on Krabi.
It is not that advisable to use large quantities of cream and lotion when you suffer from sunstroke in Krabi beaches. This is because the grease of the creams only seal the heat in. instead, take cool baths and showers for relief from sunburn. However if you have symptoms of sunstroke like dizziness, fever and severe dehydration, you have to visit the doctor immediately.
Though sunstroke and sunburn is predominant in Krabi; it does not mean you can't enjoy yourself in the sun. Take the necessary precautions to ensure that you not only enjoy yourself in Krabi, but that you also return home hale and hearty with no bitter memories of your Krabi trip.
Ear infection can be avoided by not submerging your head in water
Though avian influenza or bird flu was once a threatful Krabi disease, it is no longer a threat to tourists. There were only a few cases reported about this Krabi disease in mid 2004, which were isolated cases. Since then, it has been reported that it is safe to eat chicken products all over Krabi. The only reported human cases of bird flu stemmed from farms where infected people had come close in contact with the livestock of the farm.
Ear infections are Krabi infections that may start from swimming in contaminated water like the swimming pool, polluted rivers and even the sea. This is a Krabi disease that is most prevalent during scuba diving in Krabi. So if you are one of those people who are susceptible to ear infections, it is better that you avoid submerging your head in the water. If you suffer from this Krabi disease, you can avail treatment in pharmacies or in the Ear, Nose and Throat clinic found in Krabi town.
Take care with sexual partners to prevent sexual Krabi diseases
Malaria is not a Krabi disease; however there is a possibility of you suffering from dengue fever, another Krabi disease that is passed through mosquitoes. Prevent getting infected by this Krabi disease by avoiding mosquito bites and wearing light colored and loose fitting clothes. Use repellents throughout the day too.
Sexually transmitted diseases including HIV are Krabi diseases that are prevalent in Krabi. Of course, using condoms whenever having sexual relations with a new partner of any nationality is the only and best protection from these Krabi diseases. However refraining from sexual relations further promises safety from these Krabi diseases.
Last Updated: 08 Mar 2008