2 Most Common Health Issues While Travelling

2 of the Most Common Health Issues While Travelling

Travellers and tourists are 154% more likely to catch a bug or a virus whilst travelling. This is because they are often exposed to more germs and bacteria as they are more active and are living away from home. Even the most expensive of hotels are not nearly as clean as the average home due to the sheer number of different occupants.


Eyesight issues

It is really common for tourists who travel for more than three months at a time to experience eye problems and vision difficulties. Although not all serious symptoms such are redness, tiredness or vision problems can be an indicator that you have an eye infection. The majority of these symptoms should clear up in a few days. A simple visit to your doctor and that should be that. Continued vision problems could be the work of a good optician if you wear glasses or contact lenses.

However, if you suffer from the below issues it could be more serious

  • Clouded, blurred or dim vision.
  • Increasing difficulty with vision at night.
  • Sensitivity to light and glare.
  • Need for brighter light for reading and other activities.
  • Seeing “halos” around lights.
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription.
  • Fading or yellowing of colours.

If you have all of the above symptoms then you could have cataracts.

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According to doctors, 69 per cent of travellers suffer from bouts of diarrhoea during a trip abroad or soon after. There are several factors that can cause stomach upset. The most common reasons for diarrhoea are drinking contaminated water or eating stale or unhygienic food that can cause food poisoning. The most common symptoms of diarrhoea are blood in stools, frequent watery stools, fever, light-headed, and severe abdominal cramps.

A traveller suffering from any of the above-mentioned symptoms must seek medical help immediately, to curb the infection. They should increase their fluid intake to ward off further complications such as dehydration. Purified water, juices, soups and coconut water help keep the body hydrated.

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