The Problem: Sunburn
While it’s best to avoid sunburn altogether, remember that as little as 15 minutes of sun exposure can result in scorched skin.
Clicks Pharmacist, Waheed Abdurahman, suggests applying a topical anti-inflammatory gel, or taking an antihistamine tablet to relieve itchiness and discomfort. Once the skin starts to heal, apply an unscented moisturising cream.
The Problem: Motion sickness
If you’re prone to carsickness, try and focus on a single object outside of the car. Don’t read as this makes motion sickness worse. It’s best to avoid rich, fatty foods and dairy products before a trip – rather stick to plain foods, like dry crackers. “Consider an anti-vertigo tablet to take an hour before the journey,” suggests Abdurahman. “Your Clicks Pharmacist will recommend appropriate products for adults or children, and advise on the correct dosage.”
The Problem: Upset stomach
Wash your hands regularly and keep a hand sanitiser in your bag. Drink bottled water if you’re holidaying in an unfamiliar place, and consider a course of probiotics if you’re prone to stomach troubles. According to Abdurahman, there are a number of safe over the counter (OTC) products for adults and children. “For severe cases, ask your pharmacist to recommend anti-cramp and anti-diarrhoea tablets,” he says. And remember to stay hydrated and get electrolytes back into your system with oral rehydration solutions.
The Problem: Overindulgence
Make sure you include high fibre-foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your holiday feast and try a herbal tea if you suffer from spasms and bloating. There are also a number of OTC remedies especially formulated to aid digestion. Eat a full meal before drinking – a full stomach slows down absorption of alcohol. If you do overdo it, Abdurahman recommends detoxifying with a liver support product.
The Problem: Insect Bites
If you’re going to spend time outdoors in the evening, wear light-coloured clothing that covers your arms and legs and use a mosquito deterrent in either a stick or spray. “If you react severely to bites, always keep antihistamine tablets on hand. Also apply a topical antihistamine cream or a soothing agent,” suggests Abdurahman.
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