Photo | Moyan Brenn
Summer is often synonymous with sun, sand and holidays, but it’s also a period in which it’s very easy to let your guard drop and end up suffering from a health worry that normally comes to nothing but in a few exception cases can be genuinely dangerous.
Luckily, there’s an increasing amount of information to hand all over the world, and –above all- mobile apps which keep you informed and help you to manage everything you need to enjoy the perfect holidays and avoid coming home with an unfortunate souvenir.
In summer, it’s very important to protect your skin from ultraviolet rays. This helps you avoid getting burnt (painful and not at all pleasant!) and also reduces the probability of suffering from skin cancer in the future. Not everyone is aware of how often suncream should be applied, or the level of protection necessary, and this is where Ultraviolet UV Index can be of help. The app geolocalises you and give you UV indexes for your area, as well as recommending what measures you’ll need to take to protect yourself from any problems.
If you’d like to learn how to prevent illnesses at all times of year, Medicina Preventiva could be a very useful app. This questionnaire includes up to 550 questions about all kinds of illness which are easy to prevent. And, as we all know, the best cure for illnesses or accident is prevention.
If you travel a lot to exotic countries, you’ll know that to go to many of them you’ll need specific vaccines. Some last a lifetime, whereas others need to be renewed every so often. Vaccine Record for Travellers is the digital complement to the paper vaccine card that’s always existed, as it lets you know when you have to go back and renew a vaccine and sets reminders.
If the previous app helped you keep control of you vaccination records, Travel Health Assist will let you know which vaccines you need depending on your destination, as well as keeping you informed of other risks and the best way to prevent them. But if you’re unlucky enough to have a problem during you stay abroad, it will also let you know where the nearest medical practice is.
Healix Travel Vaccinations is another app for keeping you up to date with the vaccines you’ll need to have before going on holiday. It takes the length of your stay into account, as well as letting you know which vaccination certificates you’ll need in country borders.
Travel Health Guide is a complete app which offers diagnostics for 150 of the most common illnesses. It displays solutions for overcoming problems like diarrhoea and what to do if you end up with bedbugs, as well as being able to recognise more serious illnesses such as malaria.
When travelling abroad, it’s possible that the medicine you take frequently for a non-serious affliction might not be available in local pharmacies. That said, there’s probably a local equivalent with the same active ingredient. By simplying entering the name of your drug, World Drug Converter lets you know which medicine you should pick up. It’s also useful for letting doctors know about medicines you take frequently, if you ever need to.
Fit For Travel is another complete app essential for organised travellers. The app is regularly updated in order to provide the information you need for travelling to more than 300 destinations, offering tricks to avoid infections and illnesses, giving advice for remaining healthy during the holiday and containing a list of the vaccinations you’ll need to travel to different countries, among others.
MyHealthPass is a very useful app for communicating with doctors and health professionals in any country, even if you don’t speak the local language. The app is capable of translating and even speaking to a doctor, although its main strength resides in the use of symbols for communication.
Lifesaver is an essential app for travelling that may also be of great help at other moments – even in your home country. Lifesaver teaches you, as if it were a game, how to act and take the right decisions in critical moments when someone’s life is in grave danger.
If you or any of your travelling companions uses a wheelchair, WheelMate is an essential app for a worry-free trip. The app contains information about things like adapted bathrooms or parking spaces for more than 45 countries.
Ready to go? With these apps you can enjoy your holiday and do it in a healthy way.
The mHealth competence centre forms part of Mobile World Capital Barcelona’s Programme of International Competence Centers (PCCI). mHealth works with a three-fold objective: to identify mobile technology opportunities in the provision of health services, to transform current healthcare models and processes, and promote the interoperability of health services in the field of mobile technologies and connectivity, building foundations that make it possible to integrate mobile health solutions.
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