Protect yourself and be a smart traveler

Traveling is fun, but it can also be dangerous. Aside from the picking up the usual souvenirs, you can also get a number of diseases if you’re not careful. To show you what I mean, here’s a rundown of some of the common things you might encounter while visiting other places.   Diarrhea – this is the bane of most travelers. The loose, watery bowel movements and frequent trips to the bathroom are caused by a bacterial, viral, or parasitic infection. For most people, the culprit is contaminated food or water. This may last for two days to four weeks depending on the cause of the problem. It may be accompanied by abdominal cramps.

Hepatitis A – also comes from dirty food and water. This highly contagious liver infection comes from a virus that you can acquire from an infected person. Its many symptoms include fatigue, yellowing of the skin and eyes, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Unlike other types of hepatitis, this doesn’t damage the liver, except in older people with chronic liver diseases. Still, it’s something you don’t want to mess with.

Dengue – who hasn’t heard of this disease? This is spread by infected mosquitoes. It is caused by four viruses and characterized by fever, headaches, muscle and joint pain, and rashes. Most patients recover in a week, but the disease can be life-threatening in others. Dengue hemorrhagic fever can cause severe bleeding and death. Those who recover become immune to the virus that affected them, but they still have the three other viruses to worry about.

Motion Sickness – this isn’t a disease, but it can affect anyone who travels in any form of transportation – bus, car, boat, train, or plane. Sufferers usually break out in cold sweat, feel dizzy, and vomit. They often recover when the motion stops.

To protect yourself, be a smart traveler. Practice cleanliness at all times. Avoid street food, drink bottled water, wash your hands frequently, wear long-sleeved shirts, and stay away from crowded or dirty places where you’re likely to catch an infection. Get vaccinated if possible and don’t forget your medicines.Whether it’s a long flight, road trip, or food trip, be healthy and worry-free with affordable United Home products. Carry them in your bag or pocket for a safe trip. These include Ceetab (ascorbic acid) for immunity against sickness; Dizitab (meclizine HCl) to avoid dizziness or motion sickness; Supracid (sodium bicarbonate) for hyperacidity; and Lormide (Loperamide) to fight diarrhea. These quality products won’t cost an arm and a leg, but will make your journey more pleasant.