Travel Health Issues
So ask your Doctor about travel vaccines and local health issues for where you’re traveling to, precautions to take and then you follow the advice that is given. However, would the following be on your radar?? There are simple issues and precautions that you need to be aware of.
- If you need regular medication, take enough for the entire time; take a supporting letter and proof of a prescription for your Doctor.
- The risk of developing a blood clot when flying. There are many issues that can increase your risk; over 41, more than 20% of your ideal body weight, recent stay in hospital, medical history – the list is much longer. DISCUSS this with your Doctor, it might be appropriate for your to purchase T.E.D Anti Embolic Stockings from a pharmacy (make sure you are measured correctly). Drink plenty of water while flying, walk around if possible, do the exercises that are recommended.
- Are you going on a hiking holiday – is there the possibility of altitude sickness i.e. where the level of oxygen is low, this can be from an elevation of 6,000ft or more. Make an appointment with your Doctor if you are going to be hiking to the mentioned altitude.
- Have you ever experience travel sickness, take anti-nausea medication with you. Your Doctor will advise you regarding the type and amount of medication that you can take with you.
- Could jet lag be an issue for you??
- Is the water that you are given on the plane from tanks or bottles – is it safe to drink? Might consider using a portable chemical free solution; AquaSafeStraw
The above issues are some examples of things that might not occur to you. When you see your Doctor, before your holiday, remember to discuss everything – from your recent medical history, where you are going, how long you’re staying and what you plan to do when you’re there. Avoiding illness and injury is the best practice; arm yourself with good advice and good travel insurance.