Sarah Says: Tips for your holiday health

Sarah Says: Tips for your holiday health


summer is on the way, hooray, well don’t
let needless illness spoil your summer
health whether you’re going on holiday, or staying
here in the UK there are lots of things that we tend to
forget about summer, there are health risks. Sunburn, obviously is a
much bigger health risk if you’re somewhere really hot but it can be an issue even here in the
UK and don’t forget that while we need some sunshine to keep our levels of vitamin D topped up,
any sunburn is a sign that your skin has been damaged skin cancer kills and about 90 percent of deaths from skin cancer come from
condition called malignant melanoma you can find out more about the warning
signs by looking on Patient UK under malignant melanoma. But that is almost all due to sunburn other skin cancers, which, can cause
severe problems but are much less likely to kill you so you
do need to avoid them as well because they can cause problems which are cause by overall lifetime sun exposure. So if you’re going to be safe
in the Sun make sure you apply regular sunscreen least at factor fifteen, 20 to 30 minutes before you go out, reapply it every couple of
hours and after you’ve been swimming and try really hard to avoid getting burnt What else do you need to think
about? Well if you’re going abroad, and indeed even in the UK insect bites and stings can be a real
pain. A few people will get severe problem, some people are
allergic to wasp or bee stings, but for most people they’re a minor
irritation. New research just out, suggest that sadly many of the
over-the-counter lotions and potions that we use probably don’t make a lot a difference.
Antihistamine tablets may help they’re worth a try they won’t
do any harm, there’s not much evidence they do much good steroid creams, again, not much evidence
and you mustn’t use them on your face or on broken skin. So, some of the creams maybe with a local
anesthetic may be worth trying because they can relieve the symptoms,
but they can also cause sensitization cause allergic rashes on your skin, so much
better if you can to try and avoid them. If you’re going
anywhere where there are likely to be a lot of insects, use insect repellent. Prickly heat is
another rash which is very common in summer and much
better avoided if you can that’s there because you block your
sweat glands, so you want to avoid getting hot and sticky, so that means
natural fabrics, loose floaty fabrics, be a hippy this
summer, and do make sure that if possible you get
somewhere cool with the breeze on the fairly regularly. If
you do get prickly heat look on Patient.UK for advice on what to do what else do you need to think about?
Well if you’re jetting off for the holidays you do need to be prepared it may be easy to get a plane ticket a
week in advance, but have you had the travel immunisations you need? Most travel needs at least eight weeks
for the immunisations to work, and anywhere outside Western Europe, North America and Australasia (that’s Australia and New
Zealand) you do need to think about travel immunisations and sometimes
Malaria medication it’s really worth having a chat with your
practice nurse and she may say if you talked on the phone you don’t need to go in and see her. Most of these things
can be easily avoided to let’s make sure they don’t ruin your summer

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