When venturing abroad for your summer sojourn, it is unlikely that you have considered the health and safety risks involved in your travel and activities.
While is it completely normal to look forward to your getaway in the sun, it is also wise to be aware of possible holiday-related accidents and injuries, so that you are well equipped to both prevent and manage any accidents abroad.
After all, the last thing you will be expecting is to start a travel accident compensation claim as soon as you touch down on home ground.
Diving and snorkelling
When we visit tropical destinations, many of us like to dive into the deep blue and take in the striking underwater coral reefs. For many, this is a superlative, out of this world experience. Whether you are a trained and experienced diver, or you are heading into the waters for the first time, you are always at risk of sustaining a diving-related injury, such as coral cuts.
Knowing how to cope in the case that you do sustain coral cuts will not only provide a level of reassurance at the time of your holiday accident, but also promote your health and safety while away.
Spotting coral cuts
As with many holiday-related conditions, there are ailment-specific symptoms to aid the identification of coral cuts. Expect skin to become inflamed and itchy, potentially featuring ulcers.
A large expanse of irritated skin, or an increase on the original inflammation, suggests infection. While any pus or large blisters will require immediate medical attention.
To treat coral cuts, you must:
- Scrub the area with soap and water as soon as possible after sustaining the coral cut
- Flush the area with clean, cool water
- If the wound stings, flush with vinegar
- Rinse daily, and apply antibiotics to the area, as well as taking oral antibiotics
If the wound begins to heal, you will find that steroid cream from the chemist is enough to calm itching. Should the condition worsen, do not hesitate to seek urgent medical attention.
Travel accident compensation
Whatever the circumstances surrounding your accident abroad, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation, with no pressure to pursue the claim following your call.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice