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Staying Healthy Abroad

Posted on March 18, 2016

To make sure you stay healthy and well during your holidays, you must be prepared. Here are our top tips for avoiding a holiday disaster, and staying healthy abroad;

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How to Avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis

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Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is when a blood clot forms in a vein, this often occurs in the legs because of long periods of immobility, but it can happen elsewhere in the body, for example the arms.

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How to Combat Travel Sickness

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Unfortunately most holidays come with a certain amount of travelling, and this can cause a lot of distress for holidaymakers who suffer from motion sickness. Imagine instead of being excited, actually dreading the beginning and end of your holiday because you know you are going to feel awful.

Travel Sickness

  • Travel or motion sickness is brought on by the motion of a car, train, plane or boat which changes the balance in the inner ear, and causes sickness, dizziness and sweating.
  • To help travel sickness sufferers, here are our top tips to prevent motion sickness;
  • Firstly, always sit facing the direction of travel, this will help you to know when there could be increased motion, and will help your body to adjust.
  • If travelling by car, always sit in the front seat. Otherwise always choose a seat where you will experience the least motion, for example the middle deck of a boat.
  • Try not to read or look down during the journey, you should try not to concentrate on anything except watching the road or route ahead.
  • Try to focus on a fixed point ahead; it could be a bridge, a hill, a sign or even the horizon, this should help your body to adapt.
  • Always try to sit near a source of fresh air or air conditioning; this should help to cool you down.
  • Be careful what you eat or drink before the journey, try to avoid drinking lots of fluids, consuming alcohol, and being too full, all will not help and could make you feel more nauseous.
  • You can purchase some herbal and over the counter remedies which can be extremely effective. For longer journeys, for example a cruise holiday, ask your Doctor for advice on prescription medication.

Happy travelling!

Travelling with a Disability or Medical Condition

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Here is our guide for anyone travelling abroad with a disability or medical condition;

Wheelchair Airport

  • Always invest in quality travel insurance before you depart, make sure you have declared your pre-existing medical conditions and that these are covered.
  • Always keep your medication in its original packaging.
  • Check with the airline or transport services to make sure your needs will be catered for, e.g. extra leg room, or transport from the departure lounge to the gate, etc.
  • Consult your doctor before travel, make sure you have adequate supplies of any medication, and that you do not need any vaccinations. Also, get their opinions or recommendations on any over the counter medicines you may need, for example pain killers.
  • If it isn’t on the box, make sure you have made a note of your medication’s full name – not just the trade name.
  • If possible, always pack your medication into your hand luggage – just in case your hold luggage goes missing.
  • If you are travelling within Europe, make sure you have an EHIC.
  • If you need to bring any specialist equipment, which you plan on checking into the hold, always check the airline’s luggage policy first, to make sure it complies with the airline’s luggage policy.
  • Make a list of important phone numbers, for example your Doctor in the UK and any specialists you are seeing, along with your conditions –keep this with you at all times, just in case.
  • Photocopy your prescriptions and bring them with you, just in case.
  • Research the facilities at available resorts before you book anything, make sure the accommodation meets your needs, for example dietary requirements or accessibility ramps.
  • Research the medical assistance available in your destination country; make sure you know where the local hospital is and the emergency services phone number.

Enjoy your holiday!

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