"Anti-Malarial Meds" Top 5 Page for this destination India Warnings Or Dangers Tip by Canadienne

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Anyone traveling to malaria-infected countries will be faced with a choice of meds. I took Doxycycline, which has the side-effect of making you photo-sensitive (ie. sun sensitive). However, I also had an allergic reaction to it. . .even without initial sun exposure, my skin (on hands, arms and neck) burnt all day long. It looked as if I had a sunburn, felt as if I was on fire. . .and it was aggravated by eating or drinking anything warm/hot, being in warm temperatures (in India!) and movement. I was faced with the choice, six days into my trip, of stopping the meds or going home.

I dropped Doxy and covered for it with the liberal use of Deet-based mosquito repellants when I was in an area that had mosquitos. You should bring Deet from home ~ I never came across products in India. You can also buy mosquito coils in India, so I used those in the hotel rooms on occasion.

End result ~ I finished my trip painlessly and bite-free.

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  • Updated Mar 22, 2003
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