Leland N. Allen, MD
Specialty: Infectious Disease
- infectious disease
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursSouth Eastern Infectious Disease
636 2nd St NE
Alabaster, AL 35007
- BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama
- United Healthcare
- Shelby Baptist Medical Center
What health risks might I face during international travel?
UCLA Health answeredMalaria spread by mosquitoes is a major risk in many parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America. “Although there is no vaccine against malaria, medications can be prescribed that are very effective in preventing the disease,” Zachary Rubin, MD, director of the Santa Monica-UCLA Center for Travel and Tropical Medicine says. These require planning ahead so that they have time to take effect. Although the risk of illnesses from food- and water-borne infections such as hepatitis A and typhoid can be reduced with vaccines, the immunizations are not foolproof, nor will they prevent the all-too-common bout with traveler’s diarrhea.
How could I get sick from traveling?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredWe travel to work, to play, to visit the people we love, and, when we do, the last thing we want is to get sick. But, unfortunately, crowded airplanes, buses, hotel rooms -- even your Aunt Sally's guest room -- are teeming with millions of bacteria and viruses just itching to hitch a ride with you. And at busy times such as Thanksgiving (when some 8 million people board trains, planes, and buses), your risk rises.
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What complications can develop from hepatitis A or E?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
Although it's rare, liver failure can be the most radical complication of infection with either hepatitis A or E. In truly drastic cases, a liver transplant may be necessary.
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