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02/05/2018

What do I do against hay fever?

What is hay fever? A runny nose, itchy eyes, a headache and feeling tired. Spring and summer don’t just bring better weather, they also kickstart the hay fever season, causing such symptoms. Hay fever is another name for a pollen allergy. Throughout most of the year, even in autumn, all flowers, grasses and trees release pollen. If you are allergic to pollen it means that the mucus membranes in the nose, eyes and throat recognise the pollen as hostile invaders. Your body’s defence mechanism will kick in, making your nose... Read More

Malaria Strains Map 25/04/2018
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First and Second-Generation Migrants Need More Malaria Education

Immigrants and travellers returning home from visiting friends and relatives abroad (VFR travellers) top the list of travellers most at risk, with over 40% of all new cases being attributed to this group alone. VFR travellers are the most challenging group with regards to malarial education, say anti-malarial specialists TravelPharm, and this World Malaria Day on April 25th should be used to engage communities about the subject. This high rate of malaria among VFR travellers may arise for numerous reasons. It may be that many believe they do not require... Read More

sleep relaxation 26/02/2018

Three Relaxation Techniques To Help With Sleeping Disorders

Everyone experiences problems with sleeping at some point in their lives, and there are many different triggers that can start sleep disorders overnight. Most of the problems people have with sleeping come down to stress and/or anxiety, and the feeling of not being able to switch off when you go to bed at night time. It’s important to identify the issues that are keeping you awake and try to come up with solutions to allow your mind to rest efficiently. What makes us tired? Most sleep disturbance is caused by... Read More

30/01/2018

Isn’t It Time To Start Planning That Family Holiday?

The year may be young, but now is the ideal time to start planning your family holiday. Not only can you get a better deal or holiday package by booking earlier, but you can also plan around the school calendar and include Bank Holidays to get that extra day off added to your holiday timetable. So what dates do you need to know? Well for starters you need to think about your children and the school year! School Calendar: Be sure to check with your child’s school as to when the... Read More

26/01/2018

Drug Resistant Typhoid Fever In Hyderabad

Emergency vaccinations are underway as drug-resistant Typhoid Fever hits Hyderabad. Typhoid, as discussed the other week, is a bacterial infection caused by a strain of Salmonella (Salmonella Typhi) and globally can be attributed to 128,000 deaths annually. Symptoms of Typhoid include: High fevers Stomach pain Headaches In some cases there is even a noticeable rash. Clinical diagnosis is done by a blood test or analysis of a stool sample. Hyderabad, a major city in India is currently in the grip of a Typhoid crisis with cases emerging that have become resistant to... Read More

24/01/2018

Measles Outbreaks On The Rise, What Can We Do About It?

The number of measles cases in the UK is on the rise, so what can be done about it? When we think of travel and travel health risks/diseases, Measles is probably not one that comes to mind. But elsewhere in the world, Measles is responsible for approximately 90,000 deaths per year. Public Health England has unfortunately reported 120 cases of measles circulating in the UK in recent months. The areas affected are West Yorkshire, Cheshire, Liverpool, West Midlands, Surrey and Greater Manchester. Interestingly these cases have links to European travel... Read More

23/01/2018

What Is Chikungunya & How Do I Avoid It?

As of the 4th January 2018, there have been 69 reported cases of Chikungunya virus in Mombassa. What Is Chikungunya? Chikungunya is a viral illness transmitted by mosquitos. The onset of symptoms with Chikungunya is usually quick, approx 3-7 days after being bitten. Most patients are likely to report high fevers, aching joints, viral rashes, muscle pains, headaches and fatigue. The disease is usually very debilitating but in most scenarios lasts only a few days. However, in some cases, the disease can progress to be more serious, and some patients may... Read More

06/10/2017

UK Vaccine Shortages

Across the UK there are currently some major vaccine shortages which are causing disruption for patients wishing to have NHS or private vaccinations. Uh-oh, vaccine shortages! You may think that vaccines are only given by your GP at the local GP surgery but you are incorrect!  Many pharmacies and private clinics provide vaccines and people use these clinics because not all vaccines are available from your GP and for some people the convenience of a private clinic/pharmacy is more important. Unfortunately, our partner sites Manor Pharmacy and Peak Pharmacy are... Read More

31/03/2017

Staying Water Safe On Your Travels

The choice can be bewildering, and you may even think what’s the point? World travel presents many issues and getting access to safe and reliable clean water sources is a major issue for locals and travellers alike. Usual guidance suggests you should avoid tap water. The logical step is to stick to bottled water, but how clean is the bottled water and how easy is it to obtain? A study in Pakistan found that 8 brands of 71 sampled were unsafe for human consumption. So if the bottled water is not... Read More

13/03/2017

Travelling & Understanding Yellow Fever

Are you travelling to a country that puts you at risk of contracting yellow fever? I recently attended an update for my Yellow Fever training and felt it appropriate to write a little something about travelling and Yellow Fever, its distribution around the world and to provide some links to ongoing outbreaks. What Is Yellow Fever? Yellow Fever is a tropical disease spread by mosquitoes and is found in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Central America.  It is not found in Asia and I will touch on this again shortly.... Read More