If you’re preparing to travel overseas, whether for a business trip or a holiday, you'll want everything to run smoothly, and ensure you’re fully prepared for any eventuality. For that reason, it’s advised you research travel health advice well ahead of your trip, so that you can be aware of any travel medicines you may need to use either before you go, or while you’re away.
Among other things, you will need to consider the appropriate precautions if you’re heading to an area of the world prone to malaria, whether that’s insect repellent or anti-malarial tablets. You can also take preventative measures for travellers’ diarrhoea, and help to reduce altitude sickness symptoms or the effects of jet lag.
Take the time to prepare yourself properly for your trip and get travel health advice before you head off – that way, you can get on with planning your travel with no distractions or worries.
Malaria is a parasitic disease that is spread by mosquitoes’ bites. If a mosquito has previously been infected with the malaria parasite, a single bite can infect you with malaria. Symptoms of malaria can be seen as early as seven days after a bite, but the parasite can also lie dormant in the body meaning you could be without symptoms for a year or more. All kinds of malaria are serious, but malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum is the most serious. Its symptoms can cause severe illness or death very quickly in the worst cases.
Jet lag is the disorientated feeling you may experience after the disturbance to sleep patterns caused when travelling across several time zones – east or west. Jet lag tends to affect you more severely when you fly east (towards the Middle East, China and Japan, or are returning to the UK from a stay in the USA). This is because the body finds it harder to get used to a shorter day (in effect, requiring you to go to bed early and sleep) than a longer day (requiring you to stay up longer and then sleep).
Travellers’ diarrhoea is common. It is usually mild diarrhoea that may be problematic for a few days, but more often than not will resolve itself. However, it can ruin a holiday or a business trip. Around 30-50% of people travelling from a developed country to a developing country will contract travellers’ diarrhoea. You can purchase effective medicines from Pharmacy2U to help relieve this unpleasant problem.