Posts Categorized: Travel Health

There’s so many claims circulating about the covid-19 coronavirus – many of them coronavirus myths. One particularly concerning claim we keep hearing is that taking ibuprofen can increase your risk of catching coronavirus. Worrying, if true, as so many require this common painkiller, but is it correct? We asked a Nomad Doctor if ibuprofen can…

What is Coronavirus?  On 31 December 2019, public health authorities were alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. This was confirmed to be the novel coronavirus. Novel coronavirus is a respiratory illness from the same family of viruses as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). The Wuhan coronavirus is a…

We’ve been inundated with queries from concerned travellers wanting to undertsand how safe it is to travel currently during the Covid-19 pandemic. First recognised in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, the virus has been reported in over 100 countries – with many more likely to become infected during the coming days & weeks. Much of…

Night time biting mosquitoes, like the Anopheles, can spread all kinds of diseases. Some of these diseases, such as Malaria and Japanese Encephalitis, can be severe and life-threatening.  Official guidance states that insect repellents should be applied every few hours, especially in hot countries where you can sweat and rub substances off the skin quickly. So how do you get a good 8 hours…

It’s one of the most commonly prescribed antimalarials, but have you got questions & concerns about Malarone or Atovaquone & Proguanil? I’m one of Nomads expert Travel Nurses and recommend malaria medications every day. Read on to find out everything you need to know about his widely used malaria tablet. What is Malarone/Atovaquone & Proguanil?  Malarone belongs…

Wherever you travel, you’ll undoubtedly be enticed by the delicious smells, tastes and sights of street food. Whether exploring the Pasar Malam’s of Malaysia or the Stands de Comidas in Chile, eating al fresco when travelling is a great way to get a taste (pun intended) of the local culture.  Unfortunately, many travellers come down with the infamous ‘Delhi belly’ due to unsavoury…

Most travel destinations will have their share of mosquitoes & biting insects. Not only can bites get itchy & infected, but the mosquitoes can carry diseases that enter your body when bitten. Even if you’re taking malaria tablets, or if malaria is not present at your destination, avoiding bites is essential for protecting yourself against…

Getting sick or injured is very common when travelling. Going through any health issues solo can be particularly hard with noone to help or comfort you. We’ve put together some tips for solo travellers to help you reduce the risks of illness & injury. Read on to get ready for your solo adventure! Know the…

It’s not just those heading off on jungle treks or scientific expeditions that need to prepare a first aid kit before travel. Backpackers should also be prepared with first aid for the most common ailments. You’ll be able to safely treat injuries and illnesses without the hassle and expense of finding a medical centre. The…

What is malaria? Malaria is a serious and potentially deadly disease found in many tropical countries. It is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Malaria carrying mosquitoes most often bite in the evening and overnight. The malaria parasite replicates once in the body so you can get very unwell from just one bite….