Travel Tips: Travel Health and Safety

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Common Travel Health Problems

Motion Sickness
Motion sickness is an obnoxious problem for many travellers; though, there are some over-the-counter and prescription medications available. If you wish to combat motion sickness on your own, try the following:

When traveling by car, try to sit in the front seat and, if you can, avoid reading as it only heightens the feeling of motion sickness. When traveling by boat, sit as close to the middle of the vessel as possible and look straight ahead at the horizon. When flying, try to sit near the wing of the plane. Ear plugs also may help.

Heatstroke 
To avoid heatstroke, stay out of the sun for prolonged periods of time.

Dehydration
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, and don't wait until you feel thirsty. Avoid caffeinated drinks, which can dehydrate you even more.

Allergies
People who suffer from allergies should take the same precautions on vacation as they do at home. Bring any medications used on a regular basis.

Diarrhea
For most destinations, the major health risk to travellers is diarrhea, which may be easily avoided. In general, common sense prevails. When in doubt, steer clear of uncooked meat, raw fruits and vegetables and unpasteurized milk products, and drink only bottled water. If you begin to feel sick or develop a fever, rest and drink tea or purified water

Animal and Insect Bites
If you are bitten by a wild animal, it's important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Many animal bites require a tetanus shot and, in certain cases, a rabies shot

FIRST AID KIT
It's a good idea to keep a first-aid kit handy for any emergencies that may arise during your trip. It should include:
A first-aid manual,Throat lozenges, Bandages, gauze and tape,Anti-diarrheal medication
Antibiotic ointment-Insect repellent- Antiseptic, Aspirin, Sunscreen,Cold and flu tablets.

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