General Health Friday June 8, 2012

Are you prepared for summer?

It’s going to be a big summer here in the UK, with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee just gone and the Olympics on their way. However, despite the upcoming excitements, thousands of Britons will jet off this summer to far-off destinations for their summer holidays. Going on holiday or taking the time to travel the world should be an enriching and enjoyable experience, which is why it is so important to make sure that your travels are not disrupted or spoiled by minor illnesses.

Motion sickness is one of the most common health complications associated with travelling, and it can affect anyone travelling by plane, boat, train or car. It usually presents itself in the form of symptoms such as nausea and vomiting and it is caused by conflicting messages regarding motion that are sent to the brain from the eyes and the inner ear. It is a common belief that motion sickness primarily affects children, but in actual fact an individual of any age can be affected.

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Though motion sickness is only a minor condition, it can still be uncomfortable and can spoil what should be a pleasant journey. The best thing that those who are concerned that they will experience motion sickness can do is to take the proper precautions, such as avoiding reading and making sure a window is left open. There are also various motion sickness treatments available, including Kwells, Avomine and Scopoderm patches. Each of these medications is available to buy online here at HealthExpress.

Another concern for a great number of travellers is jet lag, which is an almost inevitable consequence of travelling a significant distance by aeroplane. It usually occurs in people who have travelled through three or four time zones and is due to the difficulty that your body has in adjusting to the changes to your normal routine. People suffering from jet lag will usually either find it difficult to fall asleep at the correct time or will feel especially drowsy even though it is not time to go to bed in their destination.

Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way of avoiding jet lag, but there are things that can be done to either reduce the risk or at least minimise the effects. For example, it is advisable to adjust sleeping patterns in the days leading up to the trip, for example by going to bed an hour earlier or later than normal. This will help the body to adjust to the upcoming disruption. While in flight, it is important to stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake. In terms of medication, no treatment has been developed to date that is specifically designed to treat or prevent jet lag. However, a hormone called melatonin, which is produced naturally in the body, is known to help regulate sleep patterns. Treatments that contain melatonin, such as those contained in the Jet Lag Treatment Pack, can be helpful for people wishing to avoid jet lag.

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