Vacation and travel
We are approaching summer and annual vacations, and most of us are planning to spend our free days travelling. Whatever type of vacation we may chose, we must always predict what must be ensured on time, so as to avoid spoiling of our long expected vacation.
We must first ensurecomfortable travel.Many people feel nauseous when travelling, some experience stomach ache or even vomit. To avoid that, we recommend tablets used to reduce travel nausea. They are very useful and safe. They should be taken half an hour before the journey, and they are effective regardless of the type of travel (car, boat, plane....). They can be used by children when they reach the age of two, and their effects last 6 to 8 hours, which is enough for most of average trips. However, if a person dislikes using drugs, there is also a new method, and that is the, so called, anti-nausea bracelet. It is used simultaneously on both hands, with correct acupuncture positioning on the wrists, with a pressure on certain spots which relieves the symptoms of journey intolerance.
Next is the reduction of stomach ache. Those problems may manifest in constipation after sitting for a long time and immobility during travel, but also in diarrhoea or general stool problems, as a result of changing the environment and water. Nowadays, this problem can easily be prevented or relieved, since it has been proved that the introduction of probiotic cultures is very useful for keeping the intestine flora healthy. There are several products to chose from, with several types of cultures, and the most commonly used are capsules which are taken 1 to 3 times a day. There are also chewing tablets, or bottles with lyophilized suspensions of probiotic cultures. In most cases, probiotics taken a few days before, and during the travel will prevent the possibility of intestine ailments.
During summer vacation, we are exposed to increased sun radiation and we should therefore protect our skin adequately. Prior to travel, you may take products for facilitation of skin tanning. Thus, you make it possible for your skin to avoid redness, as well to reach a uniformity of tan. Protective sunbathing creams should be used by everyone, regardless of their pale or dark tan, at every exposure to sun. The tan type will determine which protective factor to be used, but everyone should protect the skin with a cream, milk, lotion or oil.
We ought to bear in mind that certain burns may still happen, and it is therefore useful to prepare some gels for calming the skin redness. They are typically gels with herbal basis of aloe or hamamelis, which have a pleasant cooling action and expedite the skin regeneration. Allergies are becoming increasingly common and it is very difficult to be certain as to what their true cause is in individuals. Any age can be the age when the first allergic reactions appear, whether manifested by skin symptoms or those in the respiratory organs. Antihistamines for oral use will quickly alleviate the allergy symptoms, at the same time showing minimal unwanted side-effects. It is therefore very useful to have them at hand in your own travel pharmacy.
Antipyretics are very important, because fever may appear due to several reasons and happens frequently in all kinds of situations. That is why we need to have with us an adequate, already tried, antipyretic in the form of tablets, as well as suppositories or syrups for children pertaining to their mass.
Apart from the said drugs and auxiliary products, depending on your traveldestination, you may consult your doctor or pharmacist about other products to be taken with you on vacation, so as to have a relaxed and enjoyable time.
B. Sc. ph Vesna Đuričić, Merkator Pharmacy manager