Whether you’re going on a family holiday to a UK hideaway, or jetting off somewhere more exotic, we are here with tips and advice to help you and your family stay well.

From flight socks and insect repellents, to our Solero sun cream range and first aid kits, we have all the travel and holiday essentials you and your family may need for your trip.

 

Mosquito bites

Here’s everything you need to know about those pesky mosquitoes:

  • Mosquitoes are everywhere. They thrive in humid conditions, but they can bite outdoors and indoors.
  • You are most at risk of being bitten between sunset and sunrise. Although some mosquitoes are active throughout the day.
  • Make sure you cover up! Wear clothing that covers your skin to deter mosquitoes.
  • Wear repellent! Apply repellent by spraying a thin layer over the skin. Do not apply like a perfume. Pay particular attention to ankles, feet, wrists and hands.
  • Don’t leave hotel windows or doors open when out in the evening. If you do, make sure you pull across screens or netting. If not, sleep under a mosquito net and wear repellent.
  • If you do get bitten, try not to itch! Itching can cause infections and further irritation. Try placing a cold compress over the bite to reduce swelling.
    Top Tip for Parents: Keep children’s fingernails short and clean to avoid itching and infection.
  • Mosquitoes spread malaria. Before travelling, check to see if the country you are travelling to is at risk of malaria. Malaria tablets can prevent you from contracting malaria. Find out more information here
  • Mosquitoes can also spread Yellow Fever, Dengue, Japanese Encephalitis, West Nile Virus and, more recently, the Zika Virus. Find out more information about Zika here

We can protect you from Malaria

Vaccinations

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When travelling to different countries, you may be exposed to diseases so it’s important to protect yourself from diseases like hepatitis and typhoid when travelling to high risk countries.

LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor offer a FREE online consultation to assess what vaccinations you may need. Once the required vaccinations have been identified you can purchase the ones you need and choose which LloydsPharmacy you would like to have the vaccines administered and book a date and time that suits you.

Sun

Enjoy the sun and soak up some vitamin D on your travels, but make sure you protect yourself and stay cool.

Sunburn can be very uncomfortable and harmful to your skin. Over exposure and burning can damage your skin and can contribute to the development of skin cancer in some cases.

How to avoid burning:

  • Wear sun cream making sure the SPF is at least 15 or higher and protects you from UV-A and UV-B rays at a minimum.
  • Do not let clouds or cooler temperatures fool you. UV rays can still burn you – always wear sun cream.
  • As well as wearing sun cream, cover up if you are going to be exposed to the sun for a prolonged amount of time. Cool clothing, hats and sunglasses are a must to protect your skin and eyes.

Heat exhaustion is when your body becomes very hot and it starts to lose water and salt from your body leading to generally feeling unwell including the following symptoms.

Heat exhaustion symptoms include; feeling faint or dizzy, tiredness or weakness, headaches, feeling or being sick, heavy sweating and extreme thirst.

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How to treat sun burn:

  • Get out of the sun and seek shade or go indoors as soon as possible. Avoid sunlight until your skin has recovered
  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated. Sunburn can cause dehydration and can lead to heat exhaustion.
  • Cool the skin down by using a cold compress, or have a cool bath or shower
  • Keep the skin moisturised; use after sun or aloe vera to keep the skin cool and help to relive any pain
  • If the burn is painful, take pain killers such as Paracetamol or ibuprofen. Always read the label to check that medication is suitable for you or ask your local pharmacist or GP. 
  • If there is no improvement or the person feels worse you should seek medical attention.

Heat exhaustion

Heat exhaustions and heat stroke usually occur in a heat wave or very hot climates. You can also be affected when doing strenuous exercise or activity. Heat exhaustion can develop quickly or gradually over a few hours.

Heat exhaustion is when your body becomes very hot and it starts to lose water and salt from your body leading to generally feeling unwell including the following symptoms.

Heat exhaustion symptoms include; feeling faint or dizzy, tiredness or weakness, headaches, feeling or being sick, heavy sweating and extreme thirst.

How to treat heat exhaustion:

  • Lie down in a cool place
  • Remove clothing to expose skin
  • Cool the skin using cold compresses (sponge or flannels) or cold packs around your neck or armpits
  • Drink lots of water to re-hydrate

Most people should start to recover within 30 minutes.

Heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke. Heatstroke is when your body isn’t able to cool itself down and your body has a very high temperature. Heatstroke is less common but can be serious. If heatstroke is severe it may require hospital treatment. If this person suffering does not respond to treatment or has severe symptoms you should call 999.

Essential holiday packing

Whether you are going to Cornwall or Cambodia, somehow we always manage to forget something! That’s why we have put together a checklist so you don’t forget any of the essentials to make sure your holiday gets off to a great start.

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