Protect Yourself from Ailments on the Road

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Protect Yourself from Ailments on the Road

Anyone who has gotten sick on the road knows how fast that can derail a trip. Or even the thought of getting sick. Between the physical stress of travel and all the potential dangers out there coupled with the worst four-letter word that starts with F —  fear —  it’s a wonder anyone leaves the house.

Here are three common ailments to watch out for and how to protect yourself:

• Ever heard of a norovirus outbreak on a cruise ship? Norovirus is nothing more than the common stomach flu, but when you’ve got a contained space like a ship, it can be easily transmitted…fast. Whether you’re on a plane, in a hotel or on a cruise ship, common sense really pays off: Wash your hands often and carry anti-bacterial wipes to clean off tray tables, arm rests, door knobs, and the TV remote control. Avoid shaking hands and if you must eat a buffet, try to skip the self serve portions.

• With summer upon us, it’s important to acknowledge one of the largest causes of illness that people tend to overlook: heat. Historically, excessive heat has killed more Americans than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. But the fix here is easy. Schedule several breaks throughout the day and pay attention to local heat advisories as well as reports from the National Weather Service. This may seem counterintuitive, but it’s a good idea to cover up — with light, loose-fitting clothes.

• Lastly, another common ailment people often forget about is altitude sickness. This can happen anywhere from Denver to Flagstaff to Mexico City. Add dehydration to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for problems. So drink plenty of water and limit your caffeine and alcohol intake. If you start to feel sick, get yourself to a lower altitude and the symptoms should subside. And always….continue to hydrate yourself.