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Reduce Your Risk of Travel Illness

By Sara Butler

It’s the time of the year for travel as people jet off to exotic (and not so exotic) destinations on vacation. Inevitably, people come home from vacation only to get sick. But why? Is it the travel? Is it exposure to germs while away? Vacations are supposed to be rejuvenating, not illness-inducing. Here is how you can offset your risks of getting sick during travel.

Airports are Cesspools

Mass transit is convenient, but it’s also the biggest culprit behind vacation illness! In an airport or train station, you’re around a lot of people in an enclosed space. If someone close to you has a virus, then it makes it much easier to transmit it to you.

Your best defense while traveling is to remember that surfaces in public places are covered in germs, so wash your hands and use hand sanitizer when you can. And don’t touch your face, mouth or eyes when you’re out since that’s often the entry point for germs.

Foreign Diseases

If your travel plans include a foreign country, then you have to plan accordingly. There may be diseases lurking there that aren’t even on your radar, such as malaria or typhoid.

You can help to thwart exotic disease by doing your homework before travel. Find out what diseases may be prevalent in the places you plan on traveling. You may be able to take some preventative measures before you go to protect yourself and your doctor may be able to prescribe medication as a preventative, depending on where your travels take you.

Watch Out for Water

Tap water in some places is just plain shady. In many parts of the world, tap water is contaminated and can lead to diseases that can make you really sick. And if you’re not regularly exposed to these pathogens, then it can be that much worse if you do get sick.

Before you leave for vacation, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. They have information about water supplies in different parts of the world and if it’s advisable to drink only bottled water while you’re there. You may also want to take along some Pepto-Bismol with you just in case.

If you do get sick when traveling, monitor yourself closely. Look for any symptoms that are disturbing such as blood in your stool, high fevers or illness so severe you’re incapacitated. In that case, get medical attention as soon as possible!

Have safe and happy travels this summer and above all – stay healthy!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downey, Calif.

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