Holiday Health Guide

From the chemist: Don't buy medicine without prescription. You can be given every sort of medicine (expensive ones) from the chemist, despite being forbidden to sell medicine without a doctor's prescription. When you ask the chemist to get some over the counter medicine, you may well be given expensive and dangerous medicines. If you don't know what to get, don't ask them to provide you what they want!

Your Previous Treatments: You must continue to take all your previously given medicine.

Sun Protection: A sunscreen should be your first line of defence against the sun. Try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. , when the sun is the strongest , reapply sunscreen often, especially after you swim or if you are sweating heavily. Wear loose-fitting , lightweight clothing. Decrease your alcohol intake and increase your intake of salt and water. Less alcohol, more water under the sun!

Ear Infections ( Swimmers ear) : You may feel like there is water inside your ear and can not come out. But, the problem may be ear canal infection. Reasons are excessive water exposure (diving a lot, playing in the water), using cotton tips, hair spray, some shampoos and other chemicals. “Swimmers ear” is usually caused by excessive water exposure, so decrease exposure to water, dive less. Don't let children play in the pool all day long. Once the symptoms started the correct treatment is needed. Time to call the Medicus® Doctor!

Gastroenteritis: The signs of this disease are nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Diarrhea is a defence mechanism. So, if you only have diarrhea don't take any medicine(Imodium i.e.) Drink more water and try to eat light food such as, bananas, yogurt, bread, salty sticks, boiled potatoes. Do not drink alcohol. Drink bottled water, Do not use ice, Do not eat raw or rare, Do not eat food from the street sellers, wash your hands often, If possible, keep infants from crawling on dirty floors, Check to see that utensil and dishes are clean, Don't forget most bacteria will enter your body through the mouth. If you are having fever, vomiting and excessive diarrhea, you should contact the Medicus® Doctor.

Chickenpox :
Chickenpox is an infection which is caused by the herpes varicella virus. When you have chickenpox, your immune system makes antibodies. You are then immune from further chickenpox infection for the rest of your life. However, the virus remains dormant in your body. It can, in some people, reappear later in life to cause a localised rash called shingles. Most people have chickenpox as a child. However, it occurs in a small number of adults who missed it as a child. If you get chickenpox as an adult, the infection is usually more severe than in children, and complications are more common, particularly if you are pregnant. Chickenpox is contageous from 2-4 days before, until 7 days after the rash starts. So, for example, if you talked to someone yesterday who developed the chickenpox rash today, you are at risk of developing chickenpox if you are not immune. Generally speaking patients are not given fit to fly certificates during that period.

Insect bites: Mosquito bite is the most common. Some of us may react strongly against the Mosquito bite. Local skin reactions may happen. Try not to scratch. The local skin infections are the most common following problem. If the redness, pain and swelling start to get worse, you should contact the Medicus® Doctor.

Alcohol intake: You should be moderate to consume alcohol, especially around midday , when the weather is very hot. You must not drink and have sun bathing. To fall asleep under the sun with alcohol intake may be fatal. Don't drink and take medicine, they may interfere with alcohol. Try to learn if your previous medicine has something with alcohol or not. And please don't drink and drive, this is very dangerous especially in Turkey .

Water intake: You should increase your water consumption. This is very important especially in summer. You may think that you drink a lot, but you may be not. You can easily understand if your water intake is enough or not, by monitoring your toilet visits. You should visit toilet in every 2-3 hours and the urine color should be transparent. (like water) If you are visiting toilet only a few times in a day and the urine color is yellow, dark yellow, you must realize that you should drink more water. (fluid, soft drinks, juices, tea i.e.)