5 weird diseases you might catch while traveling

When going for a trip, souvenirs are not the only things that travelers bring along with them. No one can think that he/she might get sick when he or she’ll travel if they are completely healthy at the present time. But traveling inevitably brings many risks that one must be vigilant to take care of. There are some wise travelers also who know ‘to get their jabs’ before setting sail to some far off places in the world. But why exactly are we all getting inoculated against? Will they lead to a grisly and grim death or it’s just a good story to tell the grandkids?

We’ve compiled the list of five nastiest travel diseases that you might catch if you are planning a long trip:

1. Traveler’s Amnesia: This is a weird condition in which you’ll start asking yourself questions like “Where am I? How did I get here?”. Thankfully these episodes last for only a short period of time and rarely recur, but is found to be more prevalent in the patients with a migraine, or those who are susceptible to heart problems. According to the studies conducted, about 3 to 10 people out of every 100,000 suffer from this weird disease and 96 percent of those people are aged between 51 to 80 years old. It’s not just the traveling that makes you get the disease, but rather the things that people use travel to escape like conflicts in relationships, financial stress etc.

2. Ciguatera: It is the kind of food poisoning that is caused by eating fish which is contaminated by ciguatera toxin. This condition can cause nausea, pain, vomiting and even cardiac and neurological symptoms. Even cooking does not destroy the toxin. Thankfully, this condition does not cause death. The risk of this illness is highest if you go to the Caribbean Sea, Pacific or the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately, there is not even a telltale smell or any kind of cue that could help you avoid the risk. All you can do is avoid some worst culprits of the sea like a moray eel, as well as fish organs where the level of toxic can be magnified.

3. Hookworm: No one want itchy and blistered feet. But this is a common condition that any traveler can have. Days of walking barefoot on sand can send you on remorse. It is a treatable disease that will leave you wishing you’d brought your flip flops, just because of the possibility that parasitic worms can enter the skin. The bad news with this condition is that you’ve got worms in your feet and no pedicure can hide it. To get rid of it, you can avoid the contact of sand with the areas in your skin where you think infection might happen.

4. Schistosomiasis: It is also a common condition that any traveler can catch. The first telltale signs of this disease are rash, itchy skin. Later it can be accompanied by fever, chills, cough, or muscle ache. Sometimes what happens is you find any body of water that looked cool and refreshing, and without even giving it a second thought, you jump in which you should not have done. After you’ve been exposed to contaminated freshwater, this disease is contracted. It is most prevalent in certain areas of Africa, South America, Asia and the Caribbean. Before heading out, you can talk to your doctor. It would be better if you stick to ocean and pool water for your swims.

5. African Trypanosomiasis: This disease commonly affects the sleeping cycle if it progresses to the next level. The symptoms are most likely to include fever, joint pain or a headache. The person can also get this weird disease by getting attacked by the tsetse fly. Through the bite, the disease is transmitted. You can use many techniques like sprays as well as light-colored clothing that will help avoid the critters.

From the next time whenever you are planning a trip, be careful about these nasty diseases else you might be the next victim of it. Stay Safe Stay Healthy.


Tags: Illness after international travel, foreign diseases, common travel illnesses

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Jim Carson

Jim Carson is the writer for the mental health section of CheapMedicineShop.com. He is certified in clinical mental health counselling and has conducted cognitive behaviour therapy for war veterans struggling with PTSD. Professionally and personally, Jim is an astute observer of human behaviour that reflects well in his work.