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How to treat holiday health problems

How to treat holiday health problems

It happens to all of us at one point; you’re on holiday having the time of your life, then before you know it you’re struck with a problem that puts a halt on all your fun, whether it’s a tummy bug or an infected bite.

This shouldn’t mean the end of your vacation though and we’ve put together some tips on how you can treat some issues before they get out of hand.

Mosquito bites

If you’re one of those people who attract insects, then you’ll know the frustration of being covered in itchy bites all over your body. Once you’re struck, the most common reaction is a tender, itchy lump appearing on the skin, some of which flare up more than others.

There are plenty of relief creams, sprays and roll-ons available but if you happen to forget yours, try a cold compress to sooth the area. Antihistamines, often taken for allergies and hay fever, are also helpful in targeting the bite. They’ll possibly be itchy for a while but DO NOT scratch them, and be sure to look out for signs of infection as signs of fever and pus-filled lumps may require antibiotics.

Swimmer’s ear

Spending a lot of time in the pool or sea may cause problems like swimmer’s ear, also known as otitis externa. This is when the external ear canal becomes inflamed, potentially leading to pain, itchiness, discharge and some hearing loss.

It’s recommended to keep the ear dry at all times until clear, which can be achieved in the shower by putting cotton wool in the affected area. Keep the ear clean too, wiping away any liquids that may ooze out. Normally the problem clears up in around three days but it can sometimes take up to a fortnight. However, if it continues for longer then seek professional help, as you may need your ear syringed or antibiotics.


Nothing is more unpleasant than being toilet bound on your holiday – an experience many travellers experience. Runny or loose stools usually happen over 24 hours and can come with a dose of fever, vomiting and cramps. Anything from undercooked meats to food not being kept cool enough can trigger it, as can lack of hand-washing or poor hygiene.

It won’t disappear entirely after 24 hours though, so be sure to keep yourself hydrated during and after. Hydration salts are a good way to get the liquid back into your body, and if you do feel up to eating be sure to stick to dry foods like plain bread, as dairy may not go down well. If you’re still suffering after five days, and have lost weight, then seek a doctor.

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