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Healthcare

16/04/2019
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How Diet Affects Sleep Quality

Have you ever considered that your diet might be the reason you are having trouble sleeping? While most of us will struggle with sleep at some point in our lives, the usual factors are health or stress related. But did you also know that your diet can also have a big effect on your sleep? If you haven’t done so already, check out our relaxation guide or visit our sleep disturbance page. How Diet Affects Sleep Quality A healthy diet is important for many aspects of health. But one aspect you... Read More

22/09/2015

Understanding Dengue Fever

If you are planning any long haul trip to the tropics or sub-tropics, the chances are you’ve sensibly done a lot of research into malaria and antimalarials in the region you plan to visit. But have you thought about Dengue fever? It certainly sounds like an illness but what EXACTLY is it? And more importantly, how can you prevent it? What is Dengue Fever? It is a viral infection spread most commonly by the bite of infected A. Aegypti and A. Albopictus mosquitos. It is widespread in hot, humid climates where... Read More

22/07/2015

Top 7 Family Holiday Essentials

Now that Easter has passed, it’s that time of year again; where we all marvel at how fast the time has passed since Christmas and start to spend A LOT of what little time we have to spare daydreaming about our forthcoming summer holidays. Whether it’s a sunny beach in Spain, a cottage in the UK or a blowout trip to the other side of the world, there are fundamentals that need to be arranged. We know that it is not always easy juggling life working full time, bringing up... Read More

02/06/2015

How to find the right insect repellent for your journey

Nobody likes being bitten by mosquitos. Bites are itchy, unsightly and sometimes downright painful. In Europe, on the whole, mosquitos are more irritating than dangerous. But in some parts of the world mosquitos can do far more damage than the bite visible on the skin as they can transmit serious illnesses such as Malaria and Dengue Fever. In such cases, prevention is better than cure and adequate bite avoidance is crucial to avoid getting ill. Check out our malaria risk map to find more information about the risks and recommended prevention... Read More

15/04/2015

Getting to know Lariam (Mefloquine)

With international travel to malaria risk areas on the rise and a whole host of different malaria prevention medication available, it is understandable that sometimes it is difficult to decide which medication is right for you. To help with this problem, here at TravelPharm we have devised a series of blog posts which aim to help you make an informed decision regarding which antimalarial medication is right for you. Why do you need antimalarials? In brief, Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite which is transmitted by the bite... Read More

27/03/2015

Chikungunya Outbreak in the Caribbean – The Facts

If you are headed to the Carribbean anytime soon you may have heard or be concerned about the outbreak of the Chikungunya. This virus was first reported as an outbreak in the region by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in December 2013. This blog aims to separate fact from fiction using information provided by the WHO, so you can enjoy your holiday safe in the knowledge you are doing all you can to stay protected. Chikungunya (Chikv for short) is a virus spread from human to human through the bite... Read More

25/02/2015

Top 10 Medical Essentials for Hiking Holidays

As a Pharmacist working in travel health I think I can safely say that packing a comprehensive medical kit is not high on anyone’s list of fun things to do pre adventure of a lifetime. It is a tedious, often overlooked but crucially ESSENTIAL part of the packing process for those about to embark on a hiking holiday in any climate. I have drawn on both my personal experience as a backpacker and my professional experience working in travel health when compiling this list.  My aim is to provide you... Read More

23/12/2014

What is Altitude Sickness?

Thinking of heading off to visit the Ancient Inca ruins at Macchu Picchu high in the Andes in the Cusco region of Peru? Altitude or ‘Mountain’ sickness is something you may want to think about before you travel. Altitude sickness can occur at any height above 2,500m and usually occurs when a person climbs to a high altitude too quickly. Macchu Pichu is set at around 2,430m above sea level. This means your likelihood of developing mountain sickness here is actually low. However, many travellers end up flying to or... Read More