Travel health is a very important part of planning any trip. When traveling abroad you need to consider many risks to your health.
There are approximately over 80 million travelers every year that travel from developed cities & countries to developing countries.
Evidence from studies suggests about 50% of people that visit developing countries for longer than a month will become unwell. The two most common conditions that are associated with people travelling overseas are malaria and travelers diarrhoea.
It is always best to be prepared for any situation and purchasing medication before you leave is always a good idea. Some medications like anti-malaria tablets need to be started 1-2 weeks before departing for your holiday.
Travel health conditions
|Altitude Sickness or altitude mountain sickness (AMS) usually occurs when you are high above sea level, where the air is thinner and there isn’t enough oxygen. It tends to come on quite suddenly causing dizziness, headaches, nausea & ones breathing becomes difficult.|
|Traveler’s diarrhoea usually affects people when traveling to new destinations abroad. People tend to suffer from diarrhoea within a couple of weeks of their stay in a new country. Diarrhoea is largely a result of bacteria, and most people recover within 3-5 days.|
|There are many risks to traveling and getting sick is one of them. Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease passed on to humans and animals. All it takes is one bite from an infected mosquito to be infected with this deadly disease.|
|Travel motion sickness describes a combination of symptoms. Motion sickness is also referred to as seasickness, air sickness & car sickness, this is because motion sickness typically occurs when traveling causing dizziness, sweating, vomiting & nausea.|
Malaria is a very serious disease spread to humans by a single bite from a mosquito infected with a parasite called Plasmodium. When you are bitten the parasite it enters your bloodstream and migrates towards your liver, they then multiply before invading your red blood cells. While using mosquito repellent creams are important, the best way to protect yourself from infection is with malaria tablets.
Which treatment you take will depend on where you are travelling in the world. For lower risk areas such as India, a treatment of Paludrine Avloclor is recommended. For higher risk areas, Doxycycline or Malarone is recommended. These treatments are considered to be the most effective against the most dangerous form of the virus. There are other anti-malarial medications available including, Chloroquine & Lariam.
Malaria symptoms include fevers and headaches and in serve cases they can progress to a coma or can be potentially fatal.
Diarrhoea can strike at anytime but usually affects people during the first two weeks of their stay in a new country. Diarrhoea is largely a result of bacteria, from contaminated food or a parasite.
Diarrhoea is easy to treat, most people even recover within 3-5 days. However it can cause you to become dehydrated, lose valuable minerals and salts (electrolytes). The traveler’s diarrhoea pack contains everything you need to treat diarrhoea when traveling. Antibiotics and oral rehydration aids can provide relief from symptoms such as nausea and loose bowel movements.
Nausea & vomiting are symptoms of a disease and is not a specific illness. Nausea is a sensation that the stomach needs to empty itself, while vomiting or throwing up, is the violent act of forcible empting of the stomach.
There are numerous causes of nausea and vomiting, these symptoms may be due to the following: Viral infection, medications, seasickness, migraines and morning sickness to name a few. Nausea and vomiting is very common whilst travelling overseas.
How do I purchase travel health medication online?
Buying online travel health treatments is very quick and easy. You will have to complete an online consultation to purchase any prescription medication. This is a free and short consultation from the privacy of your home. This replaces the face-to-face consult you would normally have with a doctor. Once you have been approved the medication will be sent out to you as soon as possible.