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How to have a healthy and burn-free holiday.

Byline: Dr Anya Heywood

CHOOL'S out!

SAt least for the first week of the summer holiday, there's a collective sigh of relief in the Heywood household that we've got to the end of term.

We can stop all the routine, and just let the day happen.

With that in mind, I thought we'd have a look at keeping well on holiday!

Obviously, you need to take all your family's usual medications with you, so make sure you order these in good time from your GP or pharmacy if this applies to you. Remember to take things you might only occasionally need, like inhalers.

Headaches and general aches and pains might be possible after the flight or a night in a new bed. Take some paracetamol and ibuprofen, which might also become useful to ease the after-effects of the skydiving, windsurfing or white water rafting which you've booked for yourself. The sun might be shining even more radiantly than on Teesside recently, so suncreams for all the It's a good some Imodium and laxatives, you're porridge family are essential. The higher the factor, the better, especially at the start of your holiday. Keep skin cool with aftersun.

Wide brimmed hats, swimsuits for the kids, sunglasses and long sleeves will also protect you from burns.

And then... there's the bugs.

If you are irresistible to bloodsuckers, cover up your skin in the evenings and use some repellent.

idea to take tablets... in case missing your and There's no good evidence that B vitamins, Marmite (I know) or anything else wards off those mozzies.

Take antihistamines and hydrocortisone cream for bites if you do succumb to the ravenous plagues.

It's a good idea to take some Imodium/ loperamide tablets to sort any bowel upset, some laxative tablets in case you're missing your porridge and prunes, and some tablets for heartburn and indigestion. The digestive system doesn't get much of a holiday when we're away!

Plasters and antiseptic cream should complete your first aid kit. Most holiday accidents involve booze, water and roads, so keep an eye on all these things. By contrast, air travel is very safe for millions who travel every year: just remember to drink plenty of water and keep moving your legs!

windsurfing the bloodsuckers, up the and v off It's a good idea to take some Imodium tablets... and laxatives, in case you're missing your porridge and prunes.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 23, 2018
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