What does summer mean to you? Languishing on the beach in the sun? Swimming in warm clear seas? Tasting the local delicacies and wine? That's what it says in the brochure but it's just as likely to be getting sunburn and/or prickly heat, contracting ear infections from polluted seas and spending a whole day in the bathroom. Hereís some advice to help you out if things donít go quite as planned.
Hay fever Hay Fever is an annoying condition characterised by sneezing, a runny or blocked nose, itching of throat and ears or sore itchy eyes.... [More]
How long do travel immunisations last ? This information is intended as a guide for UK patients but you should always ask your healthcare provider for up to date information. How long travel immunisations last may depend on how the original course was given.... [More]
Otitis externa (swimmers ear) Otitis externa is a common condition affecting people of all ages in which there
is infection or inflammation of the external ear and/or the ear canal. There
are a number of possible causes:... [More]
Prickly Heat Prickly heat is common and can affect anyone. It is painful, intensely itchy and can spoil your long awaited holiday. It differs from urticaria, which is an allergic reaction. It occurs in hot, humid environments and is caused by blocking of the flow of sweat from the sweat glands to the skin surface . As the sweat is then retained within the skin, the symptoms and appearances depend on where the ducts are blocked.... [More]
Sunshine advice Sunshine or more specifically ultraviolet (UV) light can, and does cause damage to skin. Apart from sunburn ultraviolet radiation also speeds up the skinís ageing process and also increases the incidence of skin cancers.... [More]
Travel advice for diabetics The rise in long haul travel poses some difficulty for diabetics. Travelling across time zones means that your insulin requirements may change and you might need to take more care with your diet and fluid intake. The following tips should be of use:... [More]
Traveller's diarrhoea You can be as careful as you like, but travel in exotic places particularly if you are backpacking, may mean dealing with a bit of dodgy tummy. It is even possible to pick up E.Coli gastroenteritis whilst staying in a five star hotel in some areas of the world.... [More]
Traveller's jabs Thinking of taking a trip this summer? Whether itís a 'serious travelling round Latin America', trekking in Nepal or a cut price package to Turkey, you still need to find out about health risks, and how to avoid them, so you have a good holiday, and don't come back with more than you bargained for!... [More]
Catching a cold on your summer break can really put a damper on
your fun in the sun. The common cold is caused by a virus.
Once you’re infected you can’t be “cured” until the virus works itself
of your system. Still, you can use OTC
Contac Cold and Flu and
lots of water to treat your symptoms and keep you
on your feet when resting isn’t an option.