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Prevention

22/02/2016

How To Stop Malaria Ruining Your World Adventure

You have saved and worked hard for this holiday, don’t let malaria ruin in. If you are visiting a country that has a risk of malaria, then it is important to take the necessary precautions so you do not pick up the disease when travelling. The last thing you want is to have planned and saved for the journey of a lifetime, only to be struck down by malaria because you failed to take the right precautions. There is a range of anti-malaria tablets available on the market, and the... 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

doxycycline capsules 29/04/2015

Getting to know Doxycycline for Malaria Prevention

In our continued look at a range of different antimalarial tablets, it’s now time to get indepth and personal with getting to know Doxycycline for malaria prevention. How do you know Doxycycline is the right anti-malaria tablet for you? How do you know which countries have malaria? and if the malaria tablet you have chosen is even suitable for the area you plan to travel to? To help with these problems, here at TravelPharm we have devised a series of blog posts which aim to help you make an informed... 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

21/01/2015

How to avoid traveller’s diarrhoea

Delhi belly, the trots, the runs…whatever you prefer to call it, the vast majority of us have fallen victim to a few loose bowel movements whilst exploring pastures new. The more politically correct term ‘Traveller’s Diarrhoea’ can be defined as three or more loose bowel movements over a 24 hour period with at least one symptom of cramps, fever, nausea or vomiting. Traveller’s diarrhoea typically affects us in the first 1-2 weeks of travel to a foreign environment and can be caused by a range of organisms including bacteria, parasites... Read More

04/12/2014

Getting to know Atovaquone and Proguanil

Atovaquone and Proguanil – What is it? Let me set the scene…. You’re headed off for the rural adventure of a lifetime in Malaysian Borneo. You’re extremely excited; who knows what you might see and who you might meet. You’ve sorted out the basics- flights, accommodation, itinerary… now you’re onto the slightly less exciting but equally important health bit. What pills, potions and jabs will you need? You’ve visited your local travel clinic and (alongside other recommendations) your travel health professional has recommended that you need prescription only antimalarials for... Read More

07/11/2014

The ABCD of Malaria Prevention

Learn the Malaria Alphabet. The ABCD approach could save your life! Mosquitos are so much more than just irritating insects which feed on human blood- they can also carry and transmit parasites which cause Malaria. Malaria has the potential to be fatal. Symptoms include fever, shivering, vomiting and flu-like symptoms. Over half of the world’s population are at risk of Malaria and there are around 207 million illnesses each year. The good news is that Malaria is often preventable and treatable. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed a simple... Read More