Travel Health Advice

Whether going into the Jungles of the Amazon, trekking in the Himalayas, crossing the desert or just visiting foreign cities, maintaining your health is vital to ensuring you don’t get more than you bargained for.

Here at Globetrotter Pharmacy we want help you protect you health wherever you go. Our Pharmacist can offer advice on subjects from what medication you need to the best sun protection

General advice

If you need antimalarials make sure you have ordered them well in advance. Our Pharmacist will advise what you will need for the area you are visiting and weather you need a prescription for your antimalarials.

  • Check with your pharmacist what medicines you can take abroad.
  • Transport your medicines careful as extreme heat or humidity may have a deteriorating effect on your medicines.

Deep vein thrombosis DVT

Travelling for long periods and sitting down can increase the risk of DVT. You need to reduce the risk of DVT if:

  • You have a history of DVT or pulmonary embolism
  • If you are over 40 years of age
  • Are taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy, are pregnant or have just had a baby
  • You have recently had surgery
  • You smoke are obese or have varicose veins

To decrease the risks you should:

  • Do exercises to stimulate circulation in your lower legs
  • Wear compression socks to improve blood flow

Motion Sickness

If you experience motion sickness it can make your journey unpleasant and taking measures to help ease the sickness can be beneficial

  • Fresh air is helpful so open windows
  • Sitting in the front of the car or the middle of a bus or plane helps
  • Avoid alcohol and sugary stuff. Drink lots of water.
  • Do remember that some motion sickness tablets may make you drowsy

Tummy upsets

All the differences in water, climate and food can cause a host of problems like diarrhoea, vomiting, constipation heartburn etc.

  • Avoid rich or fatty foods
  • Drink only unopened bottled water, avoid ice in your drinks, and brush your teeth with boiled or treated water.
  • Avoid Ice-cream
  • Avoid uncooked food
  • Peel fruit and vegetables yourself.
  • Only eat food that has been cooked through and is still hot do not eat food that has been kept at room temperature for a number of hours.
  • If you do get tummy upset ensure you are well hydrated and use rehydration powders if it still persists after 24 hours.
  • Sometimes Antidiarrhoeals can be useful for long journeys or situations where diarrhoea is very inconvenient.

Bites and Stings

All kinds of bugs can bite you and cause real problems especially in hot humid conditions. Keep them at bay by using Insect repellents regularly on all areas of your body.

  • Use insect repellents that are suitable for young children.
  • Cover up exposed areas before dawn and after dusk.
  • Wear light clothing during the day

Allergies

  • Avoid going outdoors if pollen count is high particularly early morning and late evening
  • Wear sunglasses to keep pollen out of the eyes
  • Keep windows and doors closed

Cuts and scratches

It is important to clean any wound, treat it then protect it

  • If there is no running water use antiseptic wipes
  • Treat with an antiseptic cream or spray
  • Protect with dressing or plaster if you think the wound can get dirty

Safety in the sun

Exposure to too much sun can cause permanent skin damage so sensible care will still allow you to enjoy the sun

  • Remember UV intensity is greatest between 11 and 3. Avoid the midday exposure
  • Apply sunscreen regularly and after each swim
  • Even cloudy days can burn the skin
  • Wear sunglasses and a hat
  • Use an SPF suitable for your skin type. SP 15 is the recommended strength for adult and sp 25 for children.
  • Rehydrate your skin after exposure.

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