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Health Tips for Frequent Flyers

If you are one of those people who fly to different countries a lot (whether because of job or pleasure) you may find the following tips very helpful.

Inform Yourself

Before departing, find out about possible health risks in the country you are visiting. Inquire about the climatic conditions, the quality of drinking water and food, and health care facilities you can go to in case of an emergency.

Have a Preventive Examination

Frequent flyers should, in order to reduce the possibility that they need professional help in foreign country, visit their doctor and do a complete physical examination, dental health check at least two times a year. In most situations, these check-ups are obligated by law. The only way you’ll get your visa cleared is to vaccinate yourself on time.

Your Own Mini-Pharmacy

Most of us carry a health kit when traveling, but what we really need to have with us are: some sort of insect repellent in the form of a cream or a spray, anti-itch ointment after insect bites, ointment against fungal diseases, tablets for prophylaxis of malaria, aspirin tablets, something mild in case of a headache, antibiotics, anti-diarrheal tablets, band aids, medicinal alcohol and cotton wool, disinfectant hand wipes, accessories for personal hygiene and trusted latex-free condoms. We know the list is quite long, but you never know when and what you may need, and you never know how far away the nearest pharmacy will be, wherever you are heading.

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Personal hygiene and clothing

To keep your personal hygiene, clothing and footwear at a high level, regularly wash your hands – before each meal and after using the toilet. Doctors recommend to brush your teeth with bottled or boiled water when in tropical countries, and to avoid swimming in freshwater lakes, rivers and streams because of a variety of infections your frail foreign body simply has no immunity against.

Since malaria is one of the most common and dangerous diseases in tropical and subtropical countries, and it is transmitted by mosquitoes, it is recommended to wear light clothes with maximum coverage, made of cotton or linen, preferably white to reflect the sun’s rays and insects. Top it all off with the most important accessory of every traveller – a simple hat.

Food and water

Drinking water in a foreign country is tricky business. Water from unknown sources can be contaminated with pathogens of various parasites and parasitic diseases. So drink only bottled water, and if bottled water is not available, then opt for boiled water whenever possible. You can also chlorinate tap water. If you choose to chlorinate, wait for 30 minutes before you drink it, in order for the chlorine to destroy all the germs that can be found in the water.

Nutrition in some regions can be problematic, you should try to eat with a spoon as much as you can, to maintain your bodily processes. Intake of fruits and vegetables is also important, but vegetables and garden fruits can be contaminated by improper watering water, so avoid the use of green salad and raw leafy vegetables. Choose fruit that can be peeled, such as bananas, lemons, oranges, melons and avocadoes, because they are protected from pollution with their skin.

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