Ask the Medical Experts in Indonesia
Do you have a medical question pertaining to living in Indonesia? If so, contact us. Medical staff at International SOS have generously agreed to answer your questions!
I have been having ongoing issues with diarrhea and gas and pain and discomfort in my stomach, I have had stool samples taken over 4 times to check for intestinal parasites but keeps coming back negative, but I am sure I have worms on my stomach, can you recommend any other testing I could take, like blood tests or such to screen for worms, and recommend medicine. The answer
My 11 year old daughter is travelling to Indonesia. She will be in Bali and then drive to Dampar and Surabaya in East Java. What are the Malaria and Cholera risks? The answer
I recently was scratched by my neighbor’s cat on the hand, the scratch wasn’t particularly deep but did draw blood. I went to the hospital and they gave me a course of anti-rabies vaccines, however they said there was no need for immune globulin. I can’t find any material online to support this decision to hold out on administering IG. What should I do? The answer
I want to have a mammogram (+/or ultrasonograph) after finding a lump in my breast. What is available in Indonesia for breast imaging? How up-to-date and reliable are the technology and personnel? Should I go out of the country for this? The answer
My husband and I moved to Bangka Island with our son, now 7 months old. The vaccination schedule for our home country and Indonesia is not exactly the same and especially the BCG vaccine is worrying me. Should we have our son vaccinated or not? I am not sure how big the risk is and/or whether or not the vaccine has any negative impact on him. Can you please advise us on what to do? It would be a very big help! The answer
I am probably going to be moving to Indonesia soon. I have type II diabetes, but not on insulin. I need to take Metformin regularly. Is that medication readily available in Bandung? I also take a couple of natural supplements that help with regulating blood sugar levels. Are there any good vitamin & supplement stores in Bandung? The answer
Most dermatologists seem to be associated with beauty/gender clinics. My daughter has severe acne, and I want to see a doctor, not a quack pushing various lotions. A recommendation would be much appreciated! The answer
I was in Borneo about ten days ago. While hiking through the jungle, what I thought was a leech got onto my lower leg. As I quickly moved to knock it off, I thought I saw the creature go right through my skin and disappear inside. I had no cut before and there is absolutely no mark where it happened. I probably knocked it off onto the ground, but the memory is still bothering me, thinking I may have something parasitic inside me now. So, is it possible that something passes right through my skin without leaving a mark? I have no symptoms and feel healthy, but the lingering image of what I thought I saw is disturbing. The answer
I have been told by some people not to eat lettuce and leafy vegetables raw because of the possibility of amoebic parasites. Others say it is okay. I wonder if a light chlorine soak would rid the vegetables of this problem? If so, what would be the quantity per water. Also, someone mentioned Milton sterilization tablets and I wondered if that would kill these parasites? (1/2017) The answer
Our son was bitten by a monkey in Java, at G-land Surf Camp. The monkey has bitten several people in the last two months. Someone killed its baby and it has been attacking staff and surfers. Are there known cases of rabies in Java? (8/2016) The answer
I have had the first tranch of post bite rabies jabs, and have been told I need a follow up in one week and then three weeks later. I shall be in Lombok a week after the first injection and hope that there is a medical fascility there that can provide the injection? We plan to be in Lombok and Flores for 12 days so would only be able to get the second one in Bali 2 weeks after the first. Would really appreciate your advise. (8/2016) The answer
My daughter in law was in a serious motorcycle accident and had several tendons in her foot repaired by surgery. The hospital is suggesting a week long stay will be necessary to ward off infection. This seems longer than the US but is that standard protocol for Indonesia? Are oral antibiotics effective enough for her to travel home? (8/2016) The answer
I will in Bali next month and want to have a back up plan if my pacemaker has problems, its nearly at its end of life. Can you tell me if there is anywhere that can check a Medtronic pacemaker in Bali? (7/2016) The answer
I see a lot of queries about malaria and pills, however will really appreciate it if you help me on these questions: 1) Can I just not take Malaria pills at all if I go to Bali 8 days, Gilis 8 days and Lombok 8 days (3 days of trekking to the volcano). What do people who live there do? Some pills cannot be taken for more than 28 days and my trip is more or less that many. 2) Do I need a japanese encephalitis vaccine at all for these areas - lots of contradictory opinions on that, and 3) Can I go without hepatitis A vaccine? I live in Spain and just realized that although it is a month before the trip I cannot get a doctor's advice ASAP and need to wait until the end of the month. Vaccines are hard to find and some of them are not supplied in the country. I have my trip booked but no specialized doctor can meet me. Would really appreciate your opinion on if I can just travel to Indonesia without any vaccines? Thank you in advance for your help. (7/2016) The answer
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Last updated July 31, 2020