Gap year adventures can take you deep into far-flung lands and see you traversing every corner of the globe. Given some of the destinations involved on most gap year itineraries, safety whilst travelling is obviously a concern. After all, no-one wants the adventure of a lifetime to be marred by accidents on holiday. The ability to claim for travel accident compensation is a safety net you hope to never have to use.
Given all the obvious dangers and risks to safety associated with gap years, consideration of some of the more common, but no less serious, afflictions can fall by the wayside.
One such condition is allergic reactions to insect bites. For something that seems so innocuous, a nip from a bug can’t half cause a lot of serious health problems.
In most cases, a bite or sting from an insect will cause a small and usually very itchy lump to form around the affected area. You may also be able to see a small hole and the lump will become inflamed. In most circumstances, the bite will subside and clear up within a matter of hours.
For most people, that would be the end of the story. However, some people may suffer a reaction to a bite or sting. An allergic reaction to a sting is more likely but both can cause significant illnesses on holiday.
An allergic reaction to a bite will fall into one of three categories:
- Minor localised reaction – The affected area will be painful for a few days but is nothing really to worry about and extra medical attention is not required.
- Large localised reaction – Other symptoms, such as swelling, itching and rashes may appear.
- Systematic reaction – This is by far the most serious and medical assistance should be sought immediately as it can cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction which causes swelling around the throat.
Other symptoms of a systematic reaction include:
- Swollen mouth or face
- Rapid heart rate
- Wheezing breathing difficulties
If you are injured in an accident on holiday that wasn’t your fault, it’s important not to brush it off as bad luck or one of those things. You may be due holiday injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can guide you through the accident claims process. Our legal team work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and usually settle out of court.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice