Travelling should be a time for us to relax, take time out of our hectic schedules, or visit family and friends in different corners of the world.
By taking time to unwind and recharge, this can give our body the rest we need to satay healthy while bringing peace of mind. Travelling is always fun if everything falls into place. If you have any of these health issues, follow these helpful tips from the best medical experts to make sure they are well taken care of and do not disrupt your travel plans.
Dr Tauqeer Ahmad – Specialist in Neurology of Raffles Neuroscience Centre said headaches may occur on one of both sides of head, radiating across the head from one point. Seek medical advices if it worsens over days or weeks, accompanied by persistent nausea and vomiting, or associated with a fever or stiff neck.
One can overcome common headaches by maintaining normal sleep and wake patterns. Discuss travel plans with your healthcare provider with advance planning. Do not skip pr delay meals, and drink more fluids daily
Diarrhea referes to watery and loose stool that usually occurs more than three times a day. Dr Amitabh Monga – Specialist in Gastroenterology Raffless Internal Medicine Centre said that during travel, a bowel infection could be acquired from food or water that has been contaminated or possibly from another person who is infected. Therefore, avoid filthy environments and untrusted food handlers. Look out for signs of possible contaminating through bad hygiene.
Although there is no cure for asthma, it can be managed and treated for normal daily living. Dr. Steve Yang – Specialist in Respiratory Medicine Raffless Internal Medicine Centre said that there are a few methods to manage your asthma. Before travel, visit your physician regularly to create an asthma management plan. During the visit, ask the correct questions. Seek proper advice and learn self-management skills for asthma. During travel just avoid area with high exposure to asthma triggers. Also keep calm, assess and monitor the symptoms. Always stay control of your asthma.
Dr Tony Tan Yew Teck from the Raffles Women’s Centre said that the risk of deep vein thrombosis (usually redness and swelling of one calf) and pulmonary embolism (occasionally breathlessness with chest pain) increase if there is long-haul flight of four hours or more, and especially if there are other risk factors present, past history, positive family history, increased body mass index, and dehydration. Wearing tight stockings, drinking fluids on the plane, and calf exercise or walking should be encouraged where possible.
The risk of miscarriage is not increased with flights unless you fly very frequently. Most airlines do require a letter from your attending obstetrician to certify your fitness to fly once you are 28 weeks pregnant or more, and will not allow you to fly once you are 36 weeks or more pregnant for singleton pregnancies, and 32 weeks or more for twin pregnancies.