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Do You Have A Medical Condition? Travel With The Right Words

We’ve all seen travel commercials that show coeds in perfect health frolicking in Cancun during spring break. However, most of us are a little less carefree and a little more fragile. Chances are, if you’ve made it to adulthood you have at least one medical condition. Travel takes a little more planning when there are health issues to take into account. Taking good care of yourself is easiest when you can communicate about what you need. With Rx: The Freedom to Travel Language Series audio books or iPhone/iPad apps, you and your family have access to dozens of helpful phrases in any of 10 commonly spoken languages. Here are some ways this type of tool might come in handy:

General Phrases Everyone Should Know
Sometimes, it’s good to be able to point at something and say “This will make me sick”. It’s an all purpose phrase you can use whether you have allergies, sensitivities to chemicals, or a tendency to get nauseous when riding a camel. For travelers who take medication to cope with conditions from heart palpitations to diabetes, “My medicine is in my bag” is another useful sentence. Actually, that’s a phrase everyone who takes a prescription medication should learn.

Prevent or Treat Allergies
With this medical condition, travel can go from being perfectly safe to dangerous very quickly. It’s the food allergies that tend to get travelers in serious trouble. Legumes, wheat, milk, eggs, nuts, and their derivatives are used in countless food items all over the globe. Ideally, you should learn how to ask questions about menu options and make requests for food that won’t trigger an allergy. You also need to know things like “I am having an allergic reaction” or “My epi-pen is in my purse”. If you tend to have trouble communicating during an allergic reaction, using an iPhone app that allows you to pull up the required phrase and show it to the person who is trying to help you might be best.

Solutions for Symptoms
From PMS to migraines, there are times when explaining what’s going on with your health isn’t enough. You really need to ask for the things that will make you feel better. For example, “The light is too bright and is bothering me” is useful if your head feels like it’s going to explode. For cramps, getting a heating pad might be a priority – followed by locating the nearest source of chocolate. If you have low blood sugar and you can only remember one phrase, asking for something with sugar in it might be more critically important than saying “I have low blood sugar”. Many people tend to respond better to simple, clear instructions rather than a description of symptoms when they see someone in distress.

Prevention and Early Intervention
It’s best to use the phrases you learn with Rx:The Freedom to Travel Language Series products to prevent health issues from escalating while you travel. The language skills you learn can also be helpful for communicating as soon as you start experiencing a symptom. Once you’re in full blown crisis mode, it’s a lot more difficult to remember what to say.