Blisters and skin infection
Blisters can be a major reason for concern for avid travellers. Though not a disease, blisters can severely hamper travel plans. Blisters are a small bubble like bumps that appear on the upper layer of skin. They are usually caused by excessive heat and friction. Ill-fitting shoes, long treks, exposure to freezing temperatures can also cause blisters.
Travellers involved in a strenuous activity such as cycling, running, hiking, and camping are most likely to face problems of blisters on their feet. In most cases, blisters get filled with pus (in case of infection), serum or plasma. Blisters can be painful and get infected if neglected. The best way to avoid blisters is to wear light cotton clothes, comfortable shoes and cotton socks while travelling.
Travellers who like to camp in forests or go for long hikes and trekking are always susceptible to skin infections. Skin infections occur due to scrapes and cuts caused while passing through thorny bushes and shrubbery.
Skin infections may also be caused by coming into contact with the sap of poisonous plants or through the bite of creepy crawlies. Hands, arms and legs are most commonly affected by skin infections. It makes sense to wear protective clothing and gear while venturing into wooded areas.
It is advisable to wash the nicks and cuts with clean water to remove all the dirt and grime and apply an antiseptic ointment or lotion. Doing this avoids any harmful bacteria or virus from spreading and prevents the skin from flaring up. A doctor must be consulted without delay in case an infection causes the skin to become inflamed, causes the temperature to rise or begins to spread to other parts of the body.
Wear proper travel clothes, drink clean water and eat hygienic food to avoid the most common health issues travellers across the globe face. It is better to take precautions than to suffer.