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Travel Health Journal

Healthy Travel

Garlic. Photo by Lobo Studio Hamburg.

True or false? Common travel health myths

This year, we introduced a new feature on social media: the Myth of the Month. Every month, we share a travel health myth and set the record straight with current recommendations from travel health professionals. Have you heard any of these travel health myths? Myth #1: “Eating garlic prevents mosquito bites.” False! (But it may keep your travel companions away…) There is no scientific evidence that garlic prevents mosquito bites. The best insect bite protection comes from a combination of: Physical barriers: Wearing breathable, light-coloured, long-sleeved clothing. Chemical protection: Using insect repellent containing 20-30% DEET or 20% Picaridin. Bed nets: Sleeping or resting under a bed net in areas where there is a risk of Malaria, Chagas or other ...

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How to prevent DVT during air travel

With some airlines planning to reduce seat size even further, the topic of cramped cabin space and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) has been popping up a lot recently. Studies haven’t shown a connection between seat size and DVT risk, but awareness of DVT is important for anyone planning a long-haul trip. Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism DVT is a condition where blood clots develop in the deep veins, usually in the legs. These clots can cause localized pain, redness, swelling, and be warm to the touch, but you may not have any symptoms. DVT becomes dangerous when a piece of clot breaks off and travels to the lungs, causing a Pulmonary Embolism (PE) which can be life-threatening. Pulmonary ...

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Is the water safe to drink?

In 2010, web designer and world traveller Pon Kattera approached us with a brilliant idea: What if our resources on the quality of drinking water were even easier for travellers to use? Fast forward to 2015 and the launch of Pon’s website Is the water safe to drink. It’s an easy-to-use site that lets you check the safety of drinking water around the world and it’s sourced from our comprehensive food and water safety data. We caught up with Pon to learn more about his travel experiences and why he decided to create this site.   IAMAT: What inspired you to create Is the water safe to drink? Pon: Too frequently, I find myself arriving in a new city ...

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How to Travel Comfortably While Pregnant

By Jan Rydfors MD, Co-Creator of Pregnancy Companion: The Obstetrician’s Mobile Guide to Pregnancy Traveling can be especially stressful for pregnant women with the breaking of normal routines. As a busy obstetrician in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, my patients have asked me thousands of travel related questions. Below are five tips to help mommies-to-be get the most out of their trip. Hydration. Remember that hydration is extra important when you’re pregnant as more water evaporates from your skin during pregnancy, especially if traveling during the summer as heat will enhance that fluid loss. Try to drink at least 10 eight-ounce glasses of fluid every day and even more on hot days. Sun. It feels good and getting ...

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10 sun protection tips for travellers

Protecting yourself from sun exposure is important year-round. Whether you’re headed to the beach or the ski hill, don’t forget about sunscreen and sunglasses. Here are our top 10 tips for sun protection, wherever you’re travelling this winter. 10 sun protection tips for travellers Wear sunscreen… Sun damage can occur with as little as 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure and sun exposure occurs even on cloudy days. Fifteen minutes before going outdoors, generously apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Sunscreen with SPF 30 is recommended for individuals who work outdoors or who spend much of their time outdoors. …and reapply often. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or more often if you are swimming or sweating heavily. Know ...

Travel Health Advice for Brazil’s 2014 World Cup

We here at IAMAT love soccer. Strike up a conversation with Nadia, our member services co-ordinator and she’ll tell you all about the ins and outs of the European soccer league. Next June and July, the world will be descending on 12 cities in Brazil to watch the FIFA Soccer World Cup. If you’re one of the few lucky ones to get a ticket or even if you’re planning to travel there soon, here’s what you need to know to plan a healthy trip. Getting ready To start, give yourself at least six weeks before you leave to prepare.Make sure that your routine immunizations are up-to-date. Infections like measles spread easily during mass gathering events like sports tournaments. Many ...

Get Your Guide to Healthy Travel

Are you confused about all the travel health advice out there and don’t know if the information is credible? You’re not alone. You may come across inconsistent advice or don’t know if you can trust the source. Travel health advice can vary from country to country and even between different public health and travel medicine professional organizations. According to travel medicine practitioners Alan Magill and David Shlim: Some of the reasons why guidelines differ include availability of products in different countries, a different cultural perception or risk, lack of evidence (or differing interpretations of the same evidence), and sometimes just honest difference in opinion among experts. Another issue we encounter in our work is the lack of monitoring or ...

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