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First Aid Kit
« on: February 21, 2010, 03:56:12 AM »
What do you carry in yours?

Do you carry antibiotics and if so what strength?

It is reported that men carry the risk of getting urinary tract infections, during long touring rides, due to the constant pressure of the saddle which excites and inflames the prostate causing urinary problems.

Any infection needs treating by antibiotics, so would it be wise to carry antibiotics with you during a long distance tour.

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Re: First Aid Kit
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2010, 04:38:33 AM »
Male cyclist having more UTI or becoming sterile is an urban legend. But you might need antibiotics for other reasons and you can indeed get UTI (but not because you are cycling). Any doctor will tell you that you should not take medecine without consulting. I do carry antibiotics but this is because I have a medical background and it saves me (or my wife) some visits to the doctor.

But it really depends where you're going. In developing countries, there is no need to carry antibiotics because you can get anything over the counter for pennies. In developing countries you will need a prescription, so you will need to see a doctor anyway. The only places I would carry some is if i plan a trip in extremely remote area where medication and doctors might be days away. Since you probably won't know what you're getting when you get sick, you should carry antibiotics with a large spectrum (meaning it kills a wide variety of bacteria), such as amoxicilline (with acid clavunavic if ou want something stronger).

Depending what you have you can use between 1.5g up to 2g a day (3g for gonorhea) divided in 2 to 3 doses. But again, it is always better to go see a doctor if you can.  Keep in mind that medecine have a peremption date and that having your pills sitting in your pannier exposed to the sun during the whole day, plus the hunmidity trapped in the pannier, is not the best way to store medecine. A few weeks like this and you could end up with totally ineffective medecine.

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Re: First Aid Kit
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2010, 01:28:31 AM »
...... I do carry antibiotics but this is because I have a medical background and it saves me (or my wife) some visits to the doctor.

...... Since you probably won't know what you're getting when you get sick, you should carry antibiotics with a large spectrum (meaning it kills a wide variety of bacteria), such as amoxicilline (with acid clavunavic if ou want something stronger).

Depending what you have you can use between 1.5g up to 2g a day (3g for gonorhea) divided in 2 to 3 doses. But again, it is always better to go see a doctor if you can. 


Errrm, you mention you (or your wife) needing some visits to the doctors, and then go on to mention the dosage required to clear Gonorhea.  :-\ :-\ :-\


Two things spring to mind in this reply.

1. I'm going on a bicycle tour not a shagging spree. Should the opportunity arise then condoms will prevail. A simple saying to remember "No glove - No love." Easy innit.  :D :D

2. If either you (or your wife) are suffering / have suffered this condition, then can I whole heartly recommend you both learn the above little sentence in as many different languages as possible. :-\ :-X :-X

How about a picture of your wife also. Just so I know who to avoid if the chance crops up. ;) :o :o ::)
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