Falling sick on a trip suckswe not only lose the vigour wed otherwise have for all the things we looked forward to seeing and doing, but sometimes also waste precious days recuperating in the hotel room.
So how can we better care for our health when travelling? We got Dr Chester Lan, a resident physician at DTAP Clinic, to share some tips.
1. TRAVELLER'S DIARRHOEA
The prevalence of street food and less-than-satisfactory food-handling practices in some of these places may present an increased risk of travellers diarrhoea.
Symptoms may present as early as a few hours from exposure or a few days after and can include stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhoea, bloating, vomiting, fever and malaise.
It can be hard to avoid travellers diarrhoea but staying away from raw foods and salads, ice or ice cream, and tap water are some ways to decrease your risk.
If you do get these symptoms, you can try some over-the-counter anti-diarrhoea medications such as charcoal, or prescription medications such as loperamide for diarrhoea and buscopan for the cramps.
If you have a fever, body aches or headaches, some antipyretic medications like paracetamol will help you feel better.