When we come back from a nice vacation, we don’t only come back with souvenirs and experiences, we may also come back with some weird diseases that you didn’t even think exist.
There are many factors that could lead you to catch these illnesses, and they are way too unexpected than you think. But we just need to accept the fact that life is not fair, so vacations and travel plans can’t always go as we always hope.
However, if you are flying somewhere any day soon, especially to a destination that involves oceans and swimming, then maybe it is time to be aware of these diseases and learn how to avoid them. Better safe than sorry, right?
Transient Global Amnesia: Travel’s Amnesia
SYMPTOMS: One day during your travel, you wake up somewhere with no memory of who you are or how you got there.
HOW IT HAPPENS: Honestly, doctors and scientists are still not completely sure. According to a 2006 study, 3 to 10 people out of every 100,000 catch this disease. 96% of those people are aged between 51 and 80. They found out that this incident happens a lot with people who have migraine issues and susceptible to heart diseases.
HOW TO AVOID IT: The travel itself is not the main reason why this weird disease occurs, it is the things people use to escape from conflicts and stress during vacation.
Also, it could be related to Triazolam, which is a drug that helps minimize Jet Leg, and there are other people who took way too many sleep aid pills while traveling and ended up experiencing symptoms of Travel’s Amnesia.
Schistosomiasis: Swimmer’s Regret
SYMPTOMS: It starts with a rash and itchy skin, and then it turns to chills, fever, cough, or muscle ache.
HOW IT HAPPENS: When you are somewhere new, you spot a refreshing body of water that looks so beautiful, so you jump in without considering its dangers. The thing is the water could be contaminated (ponds, lakes, and rivers).
HOW TO AVOID IT: These dangerous areas are widespread in South America, Asia, Africa, The Middle East, and the Caribbean. It is best to discuss the area you are visiting with your travel doctor because treatment right after you come back can make a large difference. However, it is best if you stick to the pool and the ocean for your swims.