Ten Tips to Staying Healthy on Your Honeymoon

Once the wedding is booked, it’s time to start thinking about the honeymoon.

Whether you’re planning a city break or an extended trip around the world, it’s important to take care of your health when you’re away.

After all, a dramatic swoon should follow a grand romantic gesture rather than be a response to the hotel’s hot buffet.

Fortunately, the fab people at yourdoctor.co.uk have enlisted the help of Dr Ricardo Di Cuffa to give you ten tips to keep you healthy on your honeymoon. 

1.     Vaccinations - Seek advice from your GP at least eight weeks prior to your trip to ensure you know what you need, what the risks are at your holiday destination, and so that you can make an appointment in advance and the vaccinations have time to work.

For general travel information try www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx.

2.     The following travel vaccinations are usually available free on the NHS: diphtheria, polio and tetanus (combined vaccine and usually booster as all children will have had this as part of primary immunisation programme in UK), typhoid and sometimes hepatitis A as it is a combined vaccine. Cholera is also available. 

You are likely to have to pay for other vaccinations privately.

3.     Sun safety is incredibly important.  In hot climates try and be in the shade particularly between 11am and 3pm and make sure you never burn by covering up, wear a wide-brimmed hat and are using at least factor 15 sunscreen. 

Remember to reapply after being in the water and reapply frequently during time exposed. Even not having proper eye protection can cause a temporary but painful burn to the surface of the eye, similar to sunburn.  If you do get burnt try having a light shower with cool water and apply after-sun or calamine lotion.  Ibuprofen could help reduce inflammation caused by sunburn. 

Seek medical help if you feel unwell.  Extra care should be taken if you have paler skin, freckles, red or fair hair, have many moles, or if there is a family history of skin cancer.  Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia. Skin can burn in just 15 minutes in the summer sun – take extra care.

4.     Antimalarial medication varies in how long you should take them for and how far in advance you should take them. Antimalarial pills are also not 100% effective and there is increasing resistance to them so always try to take precautions to stop yourself being bitten.

Mosquitoes carrying the disease often bite after sunset and so it is a good idea to wear strong repellent and long sleeve clothes after sunset.  The Advisory Committee for Malaria Prevention (ACMP) strongly recommends DEET-based insect repellents. 

There are also diseases spread by mosquitoes that bite during the day (such as Dengue fever) so avoidance measures should be used during the day.

5.     Travel Diarrhoea - In areas where it is difficult to maintain good hygiene and sanitation, travellers are advised to take precautions with food to ensure it is uncontaminated and cooked thoroughly and that all water has been purified. Always carry sanitising gel or hand wipes.  Ensure that clean dishes, cups and utensils are used; use alcohol wipes to clean them if necessary.  Where possible choose food that is freshly cooked to a high temperature and served immediately whilst still hot. 

Be especially cautious with street vendors selling cheese, ice cream, fish and shellfish, salads and fresh herbs (inc in drinks) and fruit. Boiled and bottled water (with intact seal) are usually safe, as are hot tea and coffee, beer and wine. Do not use ice in drinks unless in an established hotel chain. 

There is an effective antibiotic used for severe cases of travellers’ diarrhoea called Ciprofloxacin. Most cases of traveller diarrhoea are not in fact due to infection but due to the change in the mineral content of the water.

6.     Deep Vein Thrombosis - If either of you are at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), seek advice from your GP.  Long haul passengers should regularly walk around and stretch their legs on long flights, drink water and preferably avoid alcohol. 

Wear loose comfortable clothing and anti-DVT special socks. If you have a family history of thrombosis or have had a DVT previously, always consult your doctor before travel. Seek medical advice if planning to travel within a month of abdominal or leg surgery.

7.     Travel Insurance - Make sure you have sufficient travel insurance to cover medical emergencies quickly and efficiently.  Take the relevant forms with you.

8.     Managing jetlag - There is no magic solution to avoid jetlag but ensure that you adjust your time to local time and try to keep them active until bedtime.  You can use an antihistamine such as Piriton as it has mild sedative properties. For some, it could take a day per hour difference to adjust to time changes.

9.     Managing vaccination needle phobia - Discuss with a health expert prior to the date of vaccination the best way to manage the situation. Choose an environment which is not busy or crowded and where you are not rushed.

10.   Take medicine with you – Always take a travel first aid kit with you. This may include paracetamol, anti-inflammatories, thermometer, plasters, antiseptic cream, dressings, antihistamines if you are prone to allergies and travel sickness pills.

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