As thrilling and enjoyable as they are, vacations also provide plenty of opportunity to get sick. While no one’s idea of a good time involves being bedridden, unless you are fully aware of how to limit this exposure, this can lead to you getting sick either during, or shortly after your getaway.
Here is how to go about preventing falling ill while you’re on holiday:
Preventing flu or a cold
You are most likely to pick up germs associated with influenza and the common cold on an airplane. In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Health Research, people are up to 113 times more likely to catch the common cold virus during a flight than via normal ground transmission.
The question is, why? It is due in large part to having to be in close proximity to strangers for lengthy periods of time, allowing for easy germ transfer?
However, the higher risk can also be attributed to the lower humidity levels. Most airplanes will have a humidity level of 20% and under, compared to 30%. Lower humidity means that your body’s mucus dries up faster. Since mucus is your first line of defense against germs, the likelihood of getting sick is far greater.
Boost your immunity on a flight by:
- Utilizing a saline nasal spray to keep membranes moist
- Topping up on Vitamin C a few weeks prior to traveling
- Washing your hands regularly and avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes
It is absolutely essential to protect your skin from sun damage if you’re headed to a sunny destination for your vacation. If you don’t, you are putting yourself at risk of developing skin cancer in the future. An SPF 30 sunblock is a must, but it often isn’t enough. Keep the following prevention tips in mind:
- Avoid spending time outdoors between 11am – 3pm
- Cover up as much as possible – t-shirts, sarongs etc.
- Wear a hat to shield your face and eyes from harmful rays
If you are unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with skin cancer, or any other cancer for that matter, there are now various natural routes of treatment and alternative treatments that you may want to consider (such as alternative mesothelioma treatment).
Preventing food poisoning
Most vacations revolve around sampling local dishes and delicacies, and you will probably feel a bit more adventurous than you would when dining in your home country. By all means, go the whole hog. Just remember the following, and you should be able to successfully prevent falling victim to food poisoning while abroad:
- Avoid drinking water straight from the faucet.
- Steer clear of certain food items including watery sauces, salads that have been sitting out for long periods of time, and uncooked seafood. It is also wise to avoid street food in general. Many of these food trucks will not be nearly as clean as you hope them to be.
- Follow the locals’ lead. If you see plenty of locals dining at a certain restaurant, you can be pretty sure that the food is safe.
With all of these aforementioned tips in mind, you have the best possible chance of enjoying a happy, healthy holiday with minimal complications.