Ailments / See also Pharmacies
One of the most common ailments people deal with is diarrhea and this
usually occurs within the first week. Many times the body is simply adjusting
to its new environment, food and fluids. If the problems persists more
that two or three days, it could be evidence that you have picked up bacteria,
parasites or amoebas. To know what is causing the diarrhea, we recommend
having a feces sample analysed in a lab. A print out of your results will
be avaliable later the same day. It is advisable to then visit a doctor,
(approximately Q75 -100) to give you an exam, analyse the lab results
and offer a prescription. We recommend that you do not eat food sold in
the streets or markets and that you do not drink tap water, eat salad
or uncooked vegetables unless you believe they are safe. After a month
or two you will learn which foods are generally safe. Alert Xela does
suggest you try the open air foods on the perimeter of the Central Park
market, especially those located on the south end.
Some tips on preventing stomach aliments are:
- Only drink bottled water or water that has been purified (or boiled).
- Do not eat food from street stands.
- Always wash your hands before eating. Instant hand sanitizing lotion
is nice to have.
- Do not eat raw and unpeeled or unwashed fruits or vegetables.
- Do not eat salad or lettuce unless you are sure it has been disinfected
Please bring an adequate supply of any prescription medicines that you
will need during your stay here. While there are many pharmacies here
that sell a wide variety of medication, it is possible that you will not
be able to find what you need. Also, bring a copy of your prescription
with you and make sure you have the generic name of your medication if
possible. It is possible that your medication is known only by the generic
name here in Guatemala not the name the pharmaceutical company gives it.Quetzaltenango
has dozens of pharmacies, 2 shopping malls with large supermarkets as
well as a large outdoor marketplace where you can find just about any
type of over the counter
medication or other items you might need. If you forget an item or two,
it is highly likely you can find it in Xela.
Note: Malaria pills (cloroquina) are not necessary in Xela. However,
you may want to consider them if you plan to go to the coast or the Péten.
You may buy them over the counter in a local pharmacy; the dosage is customarily
500 mg at a time once a week one week before your trip until three weeks
after. Also taking vitamin B1 (Anything with Thiamin) five days before
you arrive in an area that has mosquitoes discourages them from biting
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Farmacia Herrera - 6a Calle 7-67 Zona 1 Tel. 612783 (least expensive)
Farmacia Roma - 1a Calle 14 Av. Zona 3 Tel. 612107 (credit cards accepted)
Farmacia Xelajú - 11 Av. 8-07 Zona 1 Tel. 614448
Farmacia Moreno - 12 Av. 5-44 Zona 1 Tel. 614371
Farmacia Méndez - 15 Av. 1-20 Zona 3 Tel. 630112 (2nd cheapest)