How to avoid getting sick on holiday

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Getting sick on holiday is more common that you think, says science. So we caught up with Dr Hilary Jones who revealed his professional medical advice for a happy and healthy holiday.

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Counting down the weeks until your summer vacay?

You're probably looking forward to a good relax, but your body can react to changes in routine in negative ways, leaving you sick as a dog when trying to experience the highlight of your year.

Researchers have found that 1 in 30 of us get ill as soon as we stop working and try to relax.

Boo.

From sickness and diarrhoea to insect bites and jet lag; there are loads of things that can go wrong during your big break.

To help you steer clear of medical issues on holiday, we asked GP and medical adviser at HealthExpress, Dr Hilary Jones, for his top advice.

Before your holiday
Travel first aid kits with painkillers, antiseptic etc are essential holiday items and it's also worth taking motion sickness tablets, diarrhoea medication and insect repellent.

If travelling to a tropical country, it is vital to research the necessary and advised vaccinations or tablets.

Understanding the possible dangers of the safety of the food and water in the country you are visiting is also important.

To prepare for an upset tummy which can be caused from unfamiliar bacteria from food and water, take a dedicated travellers' diarrhoea pack away with you.

All worthy products to leave space in your case for and don't forget that travel insurance.

Travelling
The aeroplane environment can cause health problems due to cabin air pressure, oxygen levels and air conditioning, especially on a long flight, so it's worth preparing.

Circulation and movement is often restricted on a plane and if this is not regulated, it can cause serious health problems, so do go for a walk up and down the aisle once every few hours to maintain a healthy circulation system.

It's important to drink a lot of water and use moisturiser to make sure you feel refreshed and hydrated.

Many people also contract colds due to germs that are circulated via the air-con.

Make sure you have plenty of layers you can put on should you get cold.

What happens if we get jet lag?
This normally occurs if you cross time zones and can leave you feeling extremely tired for the first couple of days of your holiday whilst your body clock adjusts.

Jet lag medications contain a hormone-based treatment that allows your sleeping pattern to adjust more naturally and with less risks and side effects than with sleeping pills.

Whilst on holiday
You must protect your skin from UV ray damage in order to prevent skin cancer, premature ageing and other skin problems later in life.

Wear a minimum of SPF 15 sun protection and be sure to reapply it regularly. Sun burn is not only painful but can also cause drowsiness and sickness which will put a damper on any holiday.

For more information about travel health, click here.

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