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Travel Health

Posted by Aileen - Churchtown Pharmacist on

Hello again everyone, 

Congratulations on making to the summer holidays! Now is the time to relax and enjoy having time to yourself. The kids are finished school and you deserve that well earned break. But ask yourself are you ready for your holiday abroad? Do you have all you need in the case of any eventuality?

If you are travelling to a destination within the EU you should carry your european health insurance card with you. If you don't have a card you can apply for one in your local health office. By having this card you are entitled to receive emergency medical treatment on the same basis as a national of that country.

If you are travelling further afield I would highly recommend applying for travel insurance. You don't know what will happen abroad so better to be well prepared than not at all.

 When travelling it is important to carry with you a few key items. I would always recommend the following : 

  1. Antidiarrheal medication such as imodium. When traveling to a foreign country, you may be at risk of developing Traveler's Diarrhea.This is especially true if your destination is a country suffering from poor sanitation methods. Eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water are the two most likely causes of Traveler's Diarrhea.
  2. An antihistamine like piriton for insect bites and stings, for prickly heat and heat rash.
  3. Medicine for pain or fever such as paracetamol or nurofen just incase.
  4. Mosquitoe repellent such as jungle formula, to keep insects and mosquitoes at bay.
  5. Motilium for your upset stomach.
  6. Dioralyte incase you become dehydrated and lacking in essential salts.
  7. 1% Hydrocortisone cream for insect bites.
  8. Optibac for travelling abroad probiotic. When eating and drinking different foods in unfamiliar environments it can be common to experience stomach upsets, and this is thought by some to be caused by an upset of one's natural gut flora.
  9. Suncream preferably SPF 15 or greater with both UVA and UVB protection.
  10. Aloe vera to help with sunburn.
  11. Antibacterial hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  12. Basic first-aid items, such as plasters, bandages, antiseptic wipes, etc.