As a physician certified by the Board of Preventive Medicine/Occupational Medicine, Dr. Ronald H. Kienitz, DO, has led as medical director of Concentra Medical Centers in Honolulu, Hawaii, since 1986. In that time, Dr. Ronald H. Kienitz has offered medical care to travelers with urgently presenting illnesses and injuries.
Illness and injury is not always preventable but there are a number of precautions that help the traveler to stay healthy. Experts recommend that travelers eat plenty of fruits and vegetables before departure date, particularly if those fruits and vegetables contain high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. Many travelers also find that the herbal supplement echinacea may help to prevent common colds, while others prefer commercial products that include a variety of immune boosters.
Travelers can also help themselves to avoid germs by washing their hands frequently when in crowded public spaces, such as an airplane or bus. Bacteria and viruses can linger on surfaces, so it is also important to keep one's hands away from one's face in between hand washing. Some travelers choose to wipe down armrests, door handles, and other surfaces before touching them. The use of personal blankets or pillows instead of airplane or hotel-provided items has also become a popular strategy. Maintaining good hydration may also be of benefit, particularly if the traveler restricts himself or herself to bottled water.
As medical director of Concentra Medical Centers in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ronald H. Kienitz, DO, focuses on the care and prevention of workplace injuries as well as on the treatment of travelers' medical emergencies.