Get Prepared With These Helpful Holiday & Travel Tips!
The last thing anyone wants on their summer holiday is to get ill. It may not seem important at the time, but having a quick chat with your Pharmacist before you go on holiday can help avoid some of the most common illnesses that can spoil your holiday. Marvin Munzu, Pharmacy Manager at Priory Fields Pharmacy, shares some tips on how to stay healthy during your summer holiday.
People often suffer with diarrhoea and sickness on holiday because they have consumed contaminated food or water.
Take re-hydration sachets and anti-diarrhoea tablets with you in your first aid kit. Visit your local Pharmacy for advice.
Deep Vein Thrombosis:
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) happens when a blood clot forms in one of the body’s deep veins and tends to happen when a person has been inactive for a period of time as blood collects in the lower parts of the body, particularly in the lower legs.
Every year, DVT affects one in every 1,000 people in the UK but you can reduce your chances of getting it during a long journey by walking around or moving your legs regularly, drinking plenty of water and wearing loose clothing.
If you’re worried about DVT, ask your Pharmacist about compression socks.
If you take a regular medicines, make sure you have enough for your holiday. If you do run out of your medicine while you’re on holiday in the UK or you lose your medicine, go to a Pharmacy as they may be able to sell you an emergency supply.
If you take a medicine for a long term condition, ask your local Pharmacy about Repeat Dispensing. This is a free service which can help save you time. Remember to plan ahead.
Over the counter medicines:
When you’re on holiday abroad, you may notice that medicines look different to how they do back home. This is because medicines have a generic name, which is the active ingredient of the medicine, and they have a brand name, which is the trade name the manufacturer gives to the medicine. If you cannot find your normal brand in the Pharmacy while you’re on holiday, don’t worry, the Pharmacist should be able to find you something that contains the same active ingredient.
Call in to your local Pharmacy and stock up on essentials like anti-sickness remedies, plasters and painkillers before you go on holiday. Your Pharmacist can give you more advice.
Your Pharmacist can give you advice on available remedies as well as more tips on how to prevent travel sickness.
Alcohol should be avoided while taking travel sickness tablets and the tablets may interact with other medicines you may be taking, so check with us first on the best product for you.
Sunburn is something that you should definitely not have to suffer with on holiday. Before you travel pop in to your local Pharmacy and make sure you have the correct sunscreen for your holiday. It is recommended that an adult wears a sunscreen with a rating of at least SPF15 and for a child, SPF30. The higher the SPF the better. Go for broad-spectrum sunscreens which protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays, apply liberally and regularly and avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm.
If you do get sunburn, cover the area immediately to prevent further damage. A cool shower can also help, as can applying after sun and if it continues to itch or peel try a moisturiser or calamine lotion.
Don’t be fooled by a cloudy sky! Just because you cannot see the sun, it doesn’t mean that it won’t be causing damage to the skin.
Don’t forget your Anti-Malarial tablets:
It only takes one bite to become infected with malaria so make sure you take malaria prevention seriously. The type of antimalarial you need will depend where you are going, your medical history, your age and whether you are pregnant. Speak to your Pharmacist for advice.
Unfortunately, no anti-malarial tablets and travel vaccines are 100% effective so it is essential to use other bite-avoidance precautions such as mosquito nets and skin repellents.
To find out more about Priory Fields Pharmacy’s services, visitwww.prioryfieldspharmacy.co.uk, follow us on Twitter @prioryfldspharm, find us on Facebook or call in and speak to us at Priory Fields Pharmacy, Priory Fields Surgery, Nursery Road, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE29 3RL. Telephone 01480 411009.
For further information on this story, or to arrange an interview with Priory Fields Pharmacy, please contact Joanna Murray at Community Pharmacies’ head office, email:firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 0845 034 1414.