There are a number of health conditions to watch out for when traveling and, as many of these can be avoided with care, it is a good idea to know about them in advance. Sickness is a very common illness. Always check in advance that the tap water in the chosen destination is drinkable. If there is any doubt, then it is important to use only bottled water. Watch out in restaurants as some food items such as salads are washed in tap water. For many people this might not have a negative effect, but for those who are not used to the local water it can leave them quite ill. Care should also be taken when choosing a place to eat. Not every country has stringent health and safety regulations related to food preparation, so if there are any doubts at all, find somewhere else.
Motion sickness is also common and many people will suffer from it regardless of the mode of transport chosen. There are a number of remedies that can be tried, such as ginger and wristbands that apply pressure to certain points. Not everything will work on everyone, so trying a few before a big trip might be the best approach. If none of these simple remedies work, then it is a good idea to consult with a doctor for a prescription remedy.
Deep vein thrombosis (or DVT) is an important illness to be aware of. This is often associated with long-haul flights and it is potentially life threatening. Blood clots form as a result of this condition. There are a number of things that can be done to reduce the possibility of developing DVT. For long-haul flights, ensure that some time is spent moving around. Spending the whole of the flight in a seated position can be damaging to the circulation. Get up and walk around a little and ensure that the legs are stretched regularly. It is also possible to get “flight socks” that will help to boost the circulation while traveling. These may not look the height of fashion, but for those that are at risk, they can be a lifesaver.
There are some destinations where vaccinations may be needed. Some destinations, particularly in developing countries, are prone to diseases that have been eradicated elsewhere, which is why a vaccination is important. In order to find out if a vaccination is required, the traveler should check out traveling advice via government websites and consult their doctor. A health check is a good idea in any case as any health issues can always be resolved before the trip begins, and the doctor can offer advice for staying healthy while
It is not always possible to avoid getting ill, but before you travel it is possible to make sure that general well-being is as good as it can be. Ensure that the right foods are eaten, and give the immune system a boost so that any illnesses encountered abroad can be seen off fairly quickly. Traveling while ill is not as much fun as traveling while in good health; make the most of the vacation by taking every precaution to stay healthy so that it can be enjoyed as much as possible.