Expert information and advice for staying healthy whilst abroad
Although travelling is easier and more convenient today than it has ever been, there are still destinations that carry a certain amount of risk to your health. Travellers’ diarrhoea and malaria are both common conditions that can affect travellers. Travellers’ diarrhoea tends to be more widespread, with around half of travellers affected by it, while around 3,000 Europeans return home with malaria each year. Travelling itself can also cause minor illnesses, such as travel sickness and jet lag, while some activities undertaken while travelling, such as climbing or hiking, can risk altitude sickness.
HealthExpress.eu has a range of malaria tablets including Doxycycline, Malarone, Paludrine & Avloclor as well as a Travellers’ Diarrhoea Pack to help you to make sure you’re prepared for your holiday abroad. We also offer a range of medications for travel sickness, including Kwells, Avomine and Scopoderm, and treatments that can help avoid jet lag and altitude sickness. All our treatments are shipped via free overnight delivery. Before you place your order, we ask you to complete a confidential consultation form, so that we can assess your health and provide a recommendation for the best treatment for you.
Malaria is caused by the plasmodium parasite, which is carried by the female anopheles mosquito and passed to you when you are bitten. Once in the bloodstream, the parasite moves towards the liver, invading healthy red blood cells all along the way. The parasite ultimately causes the red blood cells to burst, infecting your system, which can cause a very high fever and death.
Humans can be affected by four different types of malaria parasites. The plasmodium falciparum is the most common, and also the most dangerous one. Plasmodium ovale, plasmodium malariae and plasmodium vivax are all less severe, but can also cause discomfort.
In the beginning malaria symptoms are very similar to that of flu, which is why many people who have it aren’t aware that they have it at first. Malaria can be cured, however preventing it is much more effective and can help you avoid extreme discomfort or even death.
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Travellers’ diarrhoea is a very common condition and mostly affects travellers during the first two weeks they spend in a new country. It’s a self limiting disease, so it doesn’t tend to have long-term effects and usually runs its course after three to five days. However, one of the main dangers associated with travellers’ diarrhoea is dehydration, which can cause you to lose valuable minerals and salts, also known as electrolytes.
There is a higher risk of developing diarrhoea in some parts of the word, which is largely due to the fact that sanitary and hygiene standards are lower. It may also be because of the fact that your body just isn’t used to the different bacteria in your new environment. This is more likely if you usually live in a country with a colder climate to the one you are travelling to.
Travellers’ diarrhoea is mostly caused by bacteria, which can easily be treated. Viruses and parasites are can also cause travellers’ diarrhoea, which is rare, but can be more serious. You can’t get a vaccination for travellers’ diarrhoea, but making sure that you drink clean water and only eat foods that have been prepared hygienically can make it much less likely that you’ll develop diarrhoea.
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Travel sickness is also known as motion sickness and is a common occurrence for many people travelling by car, boat, plane or train. This temporary condition is a result of the conflicting messages that are sent to the brain from the eyes and inner ear, leading your brain to become confused as to whether you are stationary or in motion. The response of nausea - the most common motion sickness symptom - occurs because your brain falsely believes the confusion is hallucinatory. In response, it attempts to remove the toxin it believes to be responsible for the hallucination by vomiting.
Anyone who knows they are susceptible to motion sickness and wishes to be prepared can choose from a range of treatment options, including Avomine, Kwells and Scopoderm. The former two treatments are in the form of tablets, while Scopoderm is available in the form of a patch. Each one of these treatments is clinically proven to effectively treat or prevent travel sickness.
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Altitude sickness has the potential to be an extremely serious condition, which is why anyone who will be ascending to new heights - for example if they are hiking in a mountainous region - should follow the correct acclimatisation methods. Failure to acclimatise properly to new altitudes will cause altitude sickness, which can cause symptoms such as tiredness, nausea and shortness of breath. Any height higher than 1,500m above sea level is usually deemed to be of high altitude.
The only way to prevent altitude sickness is to acclimatise properly, for example by ascending to new heights slowly. Though medication like Diamox can be taken as a way of helping to prevent altitude sickness, it is not a substitute for proper acclimatisation methods.
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Jet lag is one of the most common travel-related afflictions that can occur. It is a result of the disruption that your body experiences when you travel through several time zones. Anyone who is travelling through time zones could experience jet lag, even if they are a seasoned traveller. The condition usually presents itself as a difficulty either staying awake or falling asleep, which is due to your body clock adjusting to the new routine.
Though no medication has been specifically designed to treat jet lag, melatonin-based treatments can help the body to adjust to the new sleeping patterns it has to deal with. Melatonin is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body and helps it prepare for sleep.
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