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    How many times a year do you get sick in Thailand

    I'd get sick maybe once a year in Canada.... here it's around 5.... 3 colds with sore throat and 2 shits where I am scared of farting and soiling the bed.

    Since yesterday I got shits followed by a very high fever.... again.

    What am I doing wrong?

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    Not eating good fresh home prepared food. I get a cold every other year or so. Never have stomach problems. Exercise is very important as well, trying to average a bit more than 10,000 steps a day..

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    There's a lot of pollution in the food the vegetables water.also you don't say whether you smoke or eat street food.
    Fresh washed vegetables and well cooked meat fish means I haven't seen a Dr since a medical in 2011.I creak a bit and go slower than 40m years ago but thats just old age.

    While alcohol esp red wine in moderation is claimed to be ok, I know from my years on the lash that after a few Changs I'd eat anything from Street stalls. Air quality in my village is fine except a few weeks of the burning season when I quit cycling.I notice after only a couple of days with family in bangkok my throat tickles from the pollution.

    Good luck, no harm having a check up, regular problem may indicate other issues as we age.
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    Had a fever almost every other year for the 12 I've been here. Hospitalised at least 4 times with them. My fevers are usually caused by infections in cuts I get in the feet or legs whilst working in the garden. I'm somewhat accident prone and ignore my cuts. Big mistake on my part.

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    every year within 2 weeks after arriving from the uk in november i develop a bronchitis that takes 2 to 3 weeks to clear up ... without antibiotics.
    we always spend the first couple of weeks in central bangkok, where the air is foully polluted after the clean sweet air of rural yorkshire.


    this year it was particularly severe, with fever, cough, dizziness and loss of appetite. i am now only just over it after a course of antibiotics and lots of rest. it took 4 weeks this time, mrs.tax also caught it. neither of us smoke and we eat quite healthily and exercise a lot, but this year we were both well wiped out by it.

    lasy year i also developed a "trigger finger" which was treated with a steroid injection into the joint, done at the efficient sukhumvit hospital at ekkamai.

    street food get filthier and less hygienic by the day, and we both stopped eating street stuff years ago. i trust mrs.t, who is a bit of a foodie, when choosing local eateries and i rarely if ever get stomach upsets here.

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    Maximum once a year with a cold or flu. Some years I don't get sick. I never get sick from food.

    Quote Originally Posted by YourDaddy View Post
    I'd get sick maybe once a year in Canada.... here it's around 5.... 3 colds with sore throat and 2 shits where I am scared of farting and soiling the bed.

    Since yesterday I got shits followed by a very high fever.... again.

    What am I doing wrong?
    I don't know. What vaccinations have you had or not had?

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    Op only ever seems to post about McDonalds, boredom and pulling his pud.

    Never seen any health regimes based on these.

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    Im sick of pulling my pudd.

    Next up, scratching the crabs......fish

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    In 8 years of living in Thailand I got the flu once and had a bad stomach twice. In total I took around 5 sick days in 8 years.Totally different story in Mandalay where everyone I know suffers from a frequent upset stomach- both locals and expats. The water to my apartment block is stored in a huge concrete tank on the roof- seen pigeons coming in and out so I presume they are roosting somewhere and their shit gets in the water. Nasty. When I do my trips to Thailand my stomach settles in days and I just feel overall in better health. Air pollution here is a real problem for some, of you suffer from asthma then it's no fun at all- my friends partner does and she is constantly hitting the inhaler for hits.

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    Every cold season change I got a cold. Doesn't help that I work with hundreds of children every day..

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    Never really get sick as such but i do get manic once or twice

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    Every December I get a bad cold that requires a day in bed with a pack or two of Tiffy.

    When the nights get hot I get a middle ear infection (have it now) that gives that full head feeling, deafness and a nagging pain. Luckily you can get Amoxicillin over the counter here and a week on them gets rid of the problem.

    Digestive problems are rate after I banned Mrs troy from feeding me...she gave me the worst food poisoning of my life a couple of years ago.

    Eggs can be a bit iffy sometimes...

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    Ya all a bunch of Pussies.

    Frequent chest infections, skin infections, cysts, insanity and night sweats.

    All in one week living in Bangkok city.

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    Alcohol poisoning at least once a week, sometimes it's that bad the only cure is hair of the dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Doesn't help that I work with hundreds of children every day..
    Yep. I catch the annual flu from grand daughter who catches it at school. 3 or 4 days of feeling crap then ok. Not much of a bother.

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    I feel that after living in Central Bangkok for 4 years breathing in the horrendously polluted toxic air and still being alive i could now survive nuclear fallout.

    To me Bangkok air does not appear to be that polluted but when Somchai comes and flushes out my A-C and I see the resulting black filthy sludge in his bucket it appears I am wrong.

    The fookin shit that come out of it this time after only 4 months gave me fookin nightmares for a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    I feel that after living in Central Bangkok for 4 years breathing in the horrendously polluted toxic air and still being alive i could now survive nuclear fallout.

    To me Bangkok air does not appear to be that polluted but when Somchai comes and flushes out my A-C and I see the resulting black filthy sludge is his bucket it appears I am wrong.

    The fookin shit that come out of it this time after only 4 months gave me fookin nightmares for a week.

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    Yep. I was sick far more in Bangkok. Always something. Minor but damn irritating.

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    I have never had stomach upsets/food poisoning, and I eat anything and everything from food stalls to peasant's home food. Perhaps my Pacific Islands background has inurred me because I have had terrible food poisoning and stomach upsets before, just not in Thailand.
    I got an ear infection when I first got here, which kept recurring and seemed to spread to my teeth (which it turns out it didn't and couldn't...after many dentists visits and two tooth extractions, and two root canals). Mind you, after the root canals, I've never had an ear problem. Go figure.
    I had dengue haemorrhaigic fever once, and since I'd had dengue twice before, this time was a doozy; critical condition at one stage.
    The old Thailand "pben wat" a few times. Basically a cold with a bit of phlegm and mild headache.

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    Rarely get sick, at least ten years since i have seen a doctor, wife has never been to see one in the 15 years we have been together. You have to eat well & regardless you have to take supplements, the food chain is pretty much destroyed, the required 92 vitamins and minerals that we require everyday are no longer present in the mass produced (or GMA) food we eat, the soil no longer contains what we need, animals are fed crap, exercise and keeping active help as does a daily 20 minute in the sun.
    Flushing the system with Alcohol certainly helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Yep. I catch the annual flu from grand daughter who catches it at school. 3 or 4 days of feeling crap then ok. Not much of a bother.
    Rarely ill.
    Perhaps once every couple years.
    Nasty strain accompanied with the usual.
    Not suffering terribly long - 3/4 days, tops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post

    Yep. I was sick far more in Bangkok. Always something. Minor but damn irritating.
    I had friends come visit from Victorian Mountain region in Australia. The Husband had lived there all his life breathing pure mountain air.

    Poor coont nearly expired after a few days in Bangkok.

    Recons he could taste the Pollution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    I got an ear infection when I first got here, which kept recurring and seemed to spread to my teeth (which it turns out it didn't and couldn't...after many dentists visits and two tooth extractions, and two root canals). Mind you, after the root canals, I've never had an ear problem. Go figure.
    You might have got that the wrong way around, dude. It may have started in the gums/teeth and spread. Gum infections can spread through the blood and give you (amongst other things) heart problems. It's officially recognized by the medical profession. This may include the roots of teeth. And as you said, after the root canals you've been good.

    I got an ear infection from shower water in Chiang Mai. I did not swim there, and I guess I did not dry inside my ears properly with cotton buds after showering. Did so after that though.

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    The number of times I get sick per year in Thailand is 3.

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