Travel health information

travel health Travel health is an important consideration for any adventure. Learn before you go people! Because at some point in your journey you may find yourself lying in an unfamiliar bed, sweating, vomiting and wishing mum was there… As a pharmacist I am regularly asked travel health questions by friends, I put this page together to help you stay healthy on your journey.
 

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information on this website was correct and accurate at the time this website was developed. The information on this website is not intended to be advice and does not replace the advice of your healthcare professional. You should always discuss the information provided on this website with your healthcare professional.

 

 Travel health information

Altitude sickness prevention

  It is really hard to put into words how extreme altitude affects you but I shall try: Imagine waking at 3am inside a refrigerator with the worst hangover of your life. Inside the fridge is a treadmill. Run on this for 12 hours straight…with a plastic bag over your head. Some of my most [...]

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What is heat stroke ?

It seems a bit weird to be writing about what is heat stroke , the first aid for it and related illness in the middle of a dreary Melbourne winter, however, in Saudi Arabia, where my sister is soon to relocate, it is always hot…damn, hot. This one’s for you sis. Heat related illnesses are [...]

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Travel first aid kits

My last pharmacy job was working in Melbourne’s CBD. As such, my main demographic consisted of relatively fit and healthy 30 year old go-getters. One of the main reasons for them to visit a pharmacy (disregarding the inevitable Monday morning Emergency Contraceptive pill rush) was for travel health advice, specifically what travel first aid kit [...]

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Mosquito bites

Almost everyone in the world can recognise that high pitched phantom in the night. At best, a mosquito bite will cause local irritation, maybe some swelling over a few days. At worst, a bite can transmit serious illness and land you in hospital fighting for your life. Illnesses such as Yellow Fever, Malaria, Dengue Fever [...]

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Jet Lag – Its cause and tricks to beat it

Jet lag is a real pain in the sleeping pattern. You have saved up for the trip of a lifetime and flown to an exotic destination just to land as an irritable, insomniac with eyeballs hanging out on stalks. You may suffer poor sleep upon arrival, trouble falling asleep (if going east), waking really early [...]

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Wonderful healthy travel tips (flight yoga, etc)

by  my friend Elaine

Interactive map listing common diseases

Trip Wellness

Comprehensive disease list

Healthy travel fact sheets sorted by destination              

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If you cannot find the information you need in the above links, I can help (If I am not on a mountain somewhere) feel free to email me (link at bottom).

 

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