Bites & stings
Dependent on whether you are holidaying in the UK or abroad, you will need an effective insect repellent. There are many products available in sprays, creams, roll-ons and lotions which offer defence from biting insects. They also contain different ingredients; some more effective than others dependent on the country you are visiting. Speak to one of our pharmacy team to decide which products offer the protection you need.
If you do get bitten or stung, there are a number of products available to ease the pain, itching and swelling associated with this. These are available as creams, lotions and sprays. Speak to one of our pharmacy team so they can advise you on the best product to use for the bite/sting you are treating.
If you suffer from travel sickness the idea of a long journey to your holiday destination can
To help ease the discomfort of travel sickness, follow these simple dos and don'ts:
- DO keep motion to a minimum. If in a car sit in the front; on a plane sit by the wing; sit on deck in the middle of a boat
- DO take in as much fresh air as possible
- DO shut your eyes and try to sleep
- DO take sips of cold water regularly
- DO have some peppermints to suck or ginger biscuits to have small amounts of as both ginger and peppermint reduce the feeling of sickness
- DO NOT read or watch a film
- DO NOT stare at moving objects such as waves or other cars, instead look ahead a little above the horizon
- DO NOT travel on a full stomach or eat large meals while travelling
A good first aid kit is always a sensible addition to your holiday suitcase - to help you cope with life's little emergencies. Ready made first aid kits can be purchased from your pharmacy or you could make up your own. If you are planning on making up your own, one of our pharmacy team can help guide you through the essentials you should have for the country you are visiting, or help you with a general kit.
Make sure you plan ahead and protect your sexual wellbeing before you go away so you do not return with any nasty surprises. For more information, visit our page on Sexual health advice.
This is a common nuisance on holidays abroad – but diarrhoea can usually be avoided: try not to drink local water (including ice in drinks), make sure your food is cooked properly and be wary of salads which have not been washed in bottled water, seafood and raw foods.
In case you do get diarrhoea, make sure you pack an effective treatment. Plus, do not forget to buy oral rehydration products as well, as these will help replace lost body fluids and essential salts.
If you suffer from ear pain during flights, ear plugs may help. These products include a special filter to regulate air pressure and reduce harsh noise. Alternatively, you could try sucking boiled sweets during take off and landing which helps to balance the pressure within the ear, or place a few drops of inhalant such as menthol or eucalyptus on a hankerchief and inhale during take off.
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