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Diseases that could ruin your vacation

The 3 most common summer diseases and how to avoid them

Many are planning what to bring to their vacation, but are you packing everything you need?

There are people who carry out a check list before a trip that includes clothing, shoes, accessories, cleaning supplies, etc., but very few include a first-aid kit on that list.

Remember, going on vacation implies that you will be far from home, out of your comfort zone and it is important to anticipate any situation to act in time, so today we want to tell you about some of the most common diseases that can occur this summer:

Gastrointestinal diseases  

These illnesses are caused by parasites, bacteria, an eating disorder (overeating or untimely eating), ingesting contaminated water, or raw or spoiled food.

The main symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, fever, stomach pain or spasm, and dehydration.

If this situation occurs on your vacation, hydration is essential and see a doctor immediately so that he can determine the severity of the disease.

Prevention is essential, for this reason it is advised:

  • Wash your hands before and after eating and going to the bathroom.
  • If you go to a place where the quality of the water is questionable, buy bottled water in gallons and distribute it in thermos for your whole family to drink.
  • Avoid overeating, when you feel satisfied (not totally full), stop.

Respiratory diseases

Believe it or not, respiratory diseases are very common in summer, temperature changes and the dust that causes the dryness of the environment cause several of these conditions.

Children are generally the most affected and in this situation it is best to try to alleviate the symptoms.

Special care must be taken in the nose, to avoid obstructions it is important to keep it hydrated and lubricated, isotonic sea water is a great ally to do so, as is physiological saline.

Skin diseases

Mosquitoes and the sun are the main causes of these diseases, so we always advise prevention.

Use sunscreen every 2 hours before permanent sun exposure and every time you leave the sea or the pool.

Do not expose yourself in the hours where the sun is strongest and if you do, wear hats, caps, sarongs that protect you from radiation.

Use mosquito repellent, follow the instructions on your product, if it says you should apply it every 4 hours, do it.

If, despite all the care, you were burned or bitten by mosquitoes, there are products that can soothe the pain or itching, these should always be in your medicine cabinet.

It is important that you see a doctor immediately in case fevers, body aches or vomiting occur after a mosquito bite, serious diseases should be ruled out.


Before traveling, prepare a first aid kit, it must have products that are not expired and that are used for possible emergencies. If you travel abroad, do not forget to activate your travel medical insurance, in Confiamed your Medical Plans have Confitravel at no additional cost.



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