Health Travel

How to have a healthy holiday

Whether you’re staying close to home or venturing far and wide this summer, here’s how to look after your health while you’re away

You look forward to your summer holiday all year, so you don't want to let anything get in your way. Here's our advice on how to prevent or treat common travel health worries, with help from your local Careway pharmacist…

Travel sickness If you’re affected by travel sickness it may put you off going on holiday. But the good news is there are lots of things you can do to overcome those feelings of nausea and dizziness, whether you’re travelling by car, bus, plane or boat. First, ask your pharmacist about travel sickness remedies

and how to take them before you go away. If you think you may get travel sick, it could be a good idea to take your travel sickness medicine before you set off, as it can help your symptoms from starting. Ask your pharmacist for more advice and for help

choosing a travel sickness product that would be right for you. If you need to stay alert, over-the-counter travel sickness medication may not be suitable as it can cause drowsiness. But your pharmacist may be able to recommend alternatives you could try, such as an acupressure wristband. Other things you can do include keeping your eyes on the

horizon, distracting yourself by listening to music, getting lots of fresh air and avoiding reading or playing games on your phone.

Sunburn Whether you’re staying in the UK or going abroad, it's best to keep an eye on your skin. Even when the sun doesn’t seem particularly strong, or when it's behind clouds, you can still get sunburned if you’re spending a lot of time

outdoors. So always wear a suitable type of sunscreen and apply it regularly. Ask your pharmacist about the Solero sun cream range that's available at selected Careway pharmacies (for more details, turn to page 20). Other measures you may want to take to protect yourself against the sun include:

• Spend as much time in the shade as possible, particularly between 11am and 3pm.

• Cover up by wearing long-sleeved shirts or tops and protect your head and face by wearing a wide-brimmed hat

• Protect your eyes by wearing good-quality dark sunglasses

Also make sure you buy enough sunscreen for your holiday if you’re travelling to a destination where buying extra supplies may be difficult. If you do get sunburned, try to cool your skin as quickly

as possible by taking a cool bath or shower, or sponging the area of affected skin with cool water. Then apply plenty of aftersun (buy some before you travel from your pharmacy). Also try to stay out of the sun until your skin is no longer red. You can also take over-the-counter painkillers such as

paracetamol or ibuprofen if your skin is painful. However, if you feel unwell or your skin blisters or swells up badly, see a medical professional as soon as possible.

Insect bites and stings It’s worth being prepared for insect bites and stings both here and abroad. To prevent them, ask your local pharmacist to recommend an effective insect repellent based on your destination. Also take some insect bite spray or cream that contains an antihistamine or local anaesthetic with you, as these can help relieve itching and swelling if you do get bitten or stung. If you’re holidaying abroad you may also need to take

precautions against malaria. Malaria is a disease spread by mosquitos and can be very serious. It is found in subtropical and tropical areas of the world, but is most predominant in Africa. Other areas where it can be found include Southeast Asia, South and Central America, parts of the Caribbean and South Asia. It’s also important to take measures to prevent being

bitten by mosquitos – here are a few tips: • Wear clothing that covers your skin, even when sleeping.

• Spray insecticide or repellent on your clothing and any bare skin.

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