Travelling can offer you so many different things. The chance to create memories that last a lifetime. Providing you with perspective on your life and gratitude for all the things that are going great. But travelling has it’s fair share of dangers and health worries. When you don’t protect yourself in advance, you could end up causing yourself a ruined holiday or more severe health problems in the future.
Thankfully, some of the most common fears of travelling abroad are very well documented. You can protect yourself or at least prepare in advance. So I thought I would share with you some of the major worries many people have and a few tips on how you can protect yourself when traveling. I hope it offers you help and advice for your future travel plans.
The zika virus
The zika virus has had a lot of media coverage recently. Especially with the growing fears of British athletes when heading to Rio for the latest Olympic Games. In a nutshell, the zika virus is a disease that is mainly spread by mosquitos. For most people it causes a mild infection and is harmful to the person. However, it can be quite serious if you are pregnant or have plans to have children in the future. It has mostly caused cases in the Pacific region, having reached Central America and the Caribbean.
There isn’t a vaccine you can take, but the guidelines is to use a strong insect repellent which will keep the mosquitos away. It might also be recommended to wear looser fitted clothes that cover your arms and legs.
Unless you are planning a cruise or a boat trip, seasickness won’t affect you. But it is such a common form of sickness now on these forms of transport that there are many ways you can combat those early signs and sickness warnings. The initial symptoms include pale skin, cold sweats, dizziness and of course sickness. You can get medication to combat seasickness or motion sickness as it is also known as. But some people are favouring wearing a seasickness band when traveling on a boat or cruise ship. Don’t let it put you off. If you want to steer clear from medications then consider keeping still, staying calm and getting some fresh air.
Malaria is one of the most serious threats to people travelling abroad and can be spread by mosquitos. It is really important to be aware of the symptoms as early detection of malaria can be life saving. These include a high temperature or a fever, headaches, sickness, sweats and chills. You can protect yourself from these mosquito bites by applying an insect repellent and covering your arms and legs at night. Some people prefer to take preventions tablets like malarone to protect against malaria.
Altitude sickness is more common than you realise and can happen to anyone climbing to a high point quickly. So if you are planning on taking a trip to the mountains then this might be something to be aware of. The most common symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness and exhaustion. While you can’t prepare in advance, you can go about your holiday making sure that you get use to altitude levels. Ensuring you give your body time to acclimatise.
Deep vein thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that can develop in a deep vein in your body. More commonly in your legs. It can cause swelling and pain to the areas and can lead to further complications and health worries if not treated. Each year deep vein thrombosis can affect many people, and it is most commonly caused when traveling in the air. But you can contract this if you are pregnant, overweight or not moving for long periods of time. As it is common, it can be treated quite quickly by taking medication to thin the blood to avoid further clots. To avoid getting DVT in the first place it’s important to ensure that you have a healthy lifestyle. Exercising, having a good balanced diet and keeping hydrated are all known for reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis.
Finally, a few years ago the ebola breakout happened in some of the further African countries. But it can still be a big risk for people travelling today. This is because you can come into contact with people who have been to affected countries no matter where you travel. Symptoms of contracting this disease include a high temperature, a headache and sore throat and muscle pain. While the chances are very slim these days it is still important to be aware of the risks. Make sure you check about whether the country has issues with the disease in the past.