Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics

Several diseases are all-the-more contagious when surrounded by hundreds of people per day. Those who are frequent travelers understand the risks to their health every time they pack their bags. Among the many diseases that are highly contagious for such individuals are pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections, and strep throat. Contracting these and other bacterial infections can create problems for the frequent traveler.

Treatment for bacterial infections

The best treatment for a bacterial infection is prevention. Doing whatever is possible to prevent contracting an infection is the best way to stay healthy while traveling. To prevent the spread of bacteria, do the following:

  • Always wash your hands after using the restroom and before eating a meal.
  • Avoid highly populated areas when possible, and stay away from anyone visibly sick.
  • Drink from bottled water instead of public water fountains.
  • Avoid or limit touching everyday things like handrails and door handles, if possible.

Through a proper course of prevention and common-sense planning, it’s very simple to travel without contracting a bacterial disease. Sometimes, however, even with the tools of prevention at your side, it’s still possible to contract a bacterial infection.

Zithromax can help battle infections

Like all antibiotics, Zithromax (azithromycin) works against bacteria where they’re present in the body, singling them out and attacking infections wherever they may occur. Zithromax is prescribed for many bacterial infections, including pneumonia and strep throat, and has also been found to effectively treat symptoms of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). It can be taken as a pill or mixed with a drink as a powder.

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration has warned against the use of Zithromax for those with heart problems. Zithromax can cause rare heart rhythms, and those with heart conditions should let their physician know beforehand to avoid complications with the drug.