A Healthy Trip is Possible Through Taking Simple Measures

A Healthy Trip is Possible Through Taking Simple Measures

The religious holidays and the summer break of the schools are here; we are entering a travel season.

Holidays are fun, but the health threats that can turn these fun times into nightmares are not far away. Sunburn, insect bites, snake bites, acute mountain sickness, accidents as well as infectious diseases can be encountered during trips. Experts say that we can plan a healthy journey and vacation by taking small measures.

Insect bites and more…

Güven Hospital Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Specialist Dr. Behiç Oral shares the following information about travel diseases and measures to be taken for prevention: “Infectious diseases are one of the most commonly seen diseases in domestic travels. These are contagious and inflammatory diseases such as traveler’s diarrhea, malaria, typhoid, and others like salmonellosis, brucellosis, rickettsia and leptospira infections, viral hemorrhagic fever (Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever), Schistosoma infections, and upper respiratory infections such as flu. Other common health threats for travelers are sunburn, insect bites, snakebites, acute mountain sickness, emergency medical conditions, and accidents.

Pack a health kit along with your luggage

“It is of great importance to learn the conditions that are specific to the region to be traveled before the trip and to be informed about the health precautions to be taken. Considerations for a healthy trip can be listed as follows: fill out your prescriptions depending on the length of your travel and get recommendations from a physician on how to pack a proper health kit. Dental checks must be performed. Spare glasses should be purchased if using prescription eyeglasses. Pregnant women with chronic illnesses should have additional health check-ups. Hands should be washed frequently with soap and water. The expiration dates of all foods sold in packages should be checked. Close contact with unknown persons should be avoided. If for any reason you need to go to a health care facility, the syringes and needles used for you should be disposable and the instruments should be sterile. Necessary measures should be taken against insects. Bug repellent sprays should be used.”

Pool hygiene

“Swimming in or contact with polluted waters can cause various diseases, so you should never swim in the pool and the sea if you are not sure of the cleanliness. Swimming in fresh water should be avoided. Salt water is always safer. In particular, contact with animals such as cats, dogs, and monkeys should be avoided and health facilities should be contacted immediately in case of bites or injuries. Feet should be kept clean and dry to prevent fungal and parasitic infections.”

The key to a great vacation is to keep the kids healthy

“Necessary health risks should be taken into account when traveling with children and necessary precautions should be taken. It should be learned whether your child’s vaccinations are complete before you travel. Incomplete vaccines should be completed. One of the most common travel problems is diarrheal gastrointestinal system diseases. Therefore, it is very important to replace the lost fluid in cases where children have diarrhea. Breast milk is the most reliable food source for babies. Breastfeeding of infants is important to prevent food and water-borne infections. If the baby is weaned from the breast milk, he/she should be fed with formula prepared with boiled water. Bottled water should be used when preparing food and brushing teeth. Care should be taken when cleaning the pacifier and teething rings used during the teething. Hands should be washed frequently, and alcohol-based hand sterilizers should be used, if water and soap are not available.”

Always eat healthy!

“Travels should not prevent us from making healthy choices in nutrition. Land, air or sea, regardless of which means of transportation you use, making healthy choices is still within your power. Wherever we are in the world, the day should start with breakfast. Main dish selection, different country cuisines, water, and food hygiene should be paid attention. In areas where the tap water is not properly chlorinated or where hygiene and health conditions are poor, beverages such as tea and coffee prepared with boiled water, boxed or bottled, sealed and pasteurized soft drinks should be preferred. Where water may be contaminated, ice cubes might be contaminated. So they should not be added to beverages. Food and beverages such as salads, uncooked vegetables, unpasteurized milk, and dairy products should be avoided, especially in areas where hygiene and health conditions are insufficient. Meals that are well cooked and served hot or fruits you peeled should be eaten. It should be kept in mind that the consumption of food and beverages sold on streets will greatly increase the risk of disease.”