Holiday Tips from Our Pharmacists

Staycation or Vacation?

Staying in Ireland or going abroad this summer? The last thing you want is to spend your holidays feeling ill. Our pharmacists prepared some useful tips to consider before you go on holidays that can help avoid some common travelling illnesses that can spoil the trip for you and your family!


Stomach Bugs

When abroad you might experience stomach bugs resulting in diarrhoea and sickness due to consumption of contaminated food or water. To cure this quickly don’t forget to take re-hydration sachets like Dioralyte and anti-diarrhoea tablets such as Imodium Instants with you in your travel first aid kit.


Prescription Medications

If you are taking regular medications, make sure you bring enough to keep you going for the duration of the holiday. If you are staying in Ireland for your vacation and you lose or run out of your medicines, please visit the nearest pharmacy and they may be able to sell you an emergency supply of your medications.


OTC Medications

When you go on holidays abroad the over-the-counter medicines will look different than what you see in Pharmacies in Ireland. This is because medicines have a generic name, which is the active ingredient of the medicine, and they have a brand name, which is the trade name the manufacturer gives to the medicine. 

Do not worry if you cannot find the regular brand while you’re on holidays as you can consult with the local pharmacist, and they will advise you on the same ingredient medication to help you with your query.


Travel Essentials

Make sure to stock up on anti-sickness medications and remedies, plasters, pain killers and anything travel related such as ear plugs before your holidays. You can do this from home by ordering online with next day delivery! See our Travel Essentials Section on our website.


Travel Sickness Tablets Interactions

Alcohol should be avoided while taking travel sickness tablets and the tablets may interact with other medicines you may be taking, so check with our pharmacist first on the best product for you.


Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) happens when a blood clot forms in the body’s deep veins. This happens when a person is inactive for a long period of time and usually forms in lower legs.  To reduce your chances of getting it during a long journey is by walking around the area or moving your legs regularly. Drinking plenty of water and wearing loose clothing also is a good way to prevent getting DVT. Another good way to reduce this from happening is using compression socks for the long journeys.


Insect Bites

Try to avoid being bitten by bringing insect repellents on holiday with you. Use them when going out at night and try to keep windows and doors always closed to avoid mosquitos getting into your room. If bitten antihistamines and hydrocortisone cream can help to relieve the itching.


Wear Sunscreen

Before your holiday make sure you have the correct sunscreen. It is recommended that an adult wears a sunscreen with a rating of at least SPF15 and for a child, SPF30. The higher the SPF the better. See our Suncare & SPF section.

For how to stay safe in the sun please read our blog here.


Our Pharmacists Recommend These Products

Dioralyte SachetsImodium InstantsStugeron 15Cetrine Allergy TabletsCortopinRiemann P20 Sun Protection Spf20Reimann P20 Face Spf30Bioderma Photoderm Max Spf50+ Sun MistLa Roche Posay Anthelios Uvmune Cream F50+Nivea Sun Kids Protect And Care Spf 50Nivea Kids Sun Sensitive Spf50 Roll OnCalypso Sun Sea Hair Protection

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