Treating Basic Health Concerns While Traveling

Travel Wellness

Be prepared before you go


You don’t want to concern yourself with basic health problems while on vacation, but you could end up regretting the entire vacation if you end up sick. Don’t overlook your health when you’re traveling. No matter the climate, it’s essential you don’t become so preoccupied that you ignore the state of your skin. There are things you can do even when traveling to prevent the negative consequences of overlooking your skin’s health.

Avoiding Sweat-Related Skin Issues

Most vacations are taken in warm weather, but even cold weather locales could result in sweat. At ski resorts, you’re bundled up in layers of clothing. In warmer climates, the hot sun heats up your skin no matter how little clothing you wear. Too much sweat is certainly unpleasant, but the consequences can extend beyond discomfort.

When sweaty skin rubs together for a prolonged period of time, rashes, skin tags, and other painful formations can occur. Before this happens, keep your skin dry with powders and moisturizer. Just in case, you should bring along a skin tag remover on your travels. This precaution will ensure that, even if a skin tag occurs, it won’t render you uncomfortable for your entire journey.

If a sweat-related skin issue is irritated beyond what topical, over-the-counter remedies can help treat you’ll need to seek out medical attention. Because you’re in a foreign country, it helps to research their ability to give quality care and bring a long a translator.

Solar Sensitivity and Traveling

Getting terribly sunburned is a sort of rite of passage for most travelers. At some point on life’s journey, you’ll get or have already got a sunburn. Sunburn is especially prevalent in areas of the world where there is low sunlight. To avoid problems, wear sunscreen and avoid conditions that are extremely sunshine. Pack some aloe to treat sunburns.

In order to effectively ward off the sun, make sure you’re applying a minimum of SPF 30 sunscreen multiple times a day. Sometimes, you may not develop a sunburn, but the sun may still be damaging your skin. If you notice strange skin abrasions or issues, contact a doctor right away. Moreover, you may develop headaches if you’re dehydrated, so drink plenty of water when you’re spending time under the sun’s rays.

Allergic Reactions and Food Problems

Food poisoning can occur abroad; especially, in places where it’s unsafe to drink the water or where food is prepared without gloves or hair nets. If the country is vastly different than your home country, you may want to take care with what you eat. See how the local cuisine sits before diving in.

While precaution is a good idea, you should also consider that your body may be reacting to outside stimuli. Rest is needed when traveling. Unfamiliar environments produces a lot of unfamiliar stimuli, which could lend itself to stress rashes, upset tummies, and more.

Traveling is fun, but it’s not without its risks. Fortunately, you can avoid some basic health risks by taking care of yourself, taking the proper precautions, and traveling with a small first aid kit on your person at all times. It’s important that you know what you could encounter in your travels, and exactly what you’ll need to ensure you stay healthy out there.

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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