Getting ill abroad can be a traumatic experience, especially if you don’t speak the language. While it’s important that you take the necessary precautions to avoid falling ill, it can’t always be helped and it is important that you are prepared for this situation should it occur. If you’re worried about falling ill, here is what you need to do:

Travel Insurance & EHIC

Medical help abroad can be expensive, which is why travel insurance is vital when on holiday. If you live in Europe you may be eligible for an EHIC card, which will provide you with basic coverage should you fall ill abroad and need to pay for treatment. A European Health Insurance Card is free for residents of certain European countries and will assist you in paying for any medical treatments in EU countries, making it an invaluable accessory to take on holiday should you be travelling to somewhere in Europe. However, an EHIC doesn’t always cover the entirety of the costs and sometimes may only reduce the cost of your treatment, so it may be wise to apply for travel insurance as well to pay for any treatment that can’t be covered by your EHIC. You must also remember to renew your EHIC before you go on holiday and your EHIC card renewal can be done online in minutes.

Check your symptoms

Before rushing to the nearest hospital in a panic when you feel ill, it is important that you check your symptoms to determine whether or not this illness is something to be concerned about. Pack a medical kit with you when you go on holiday and include a thermometer. If you’re feeling ill you can check your temperature to see if you have a fever. If your temperature is higher than 38 degrees you could be at risk of a serious illness. Continue checking your temperature every three to four hours and if your high temperature persists or starts to climb, you may need to seek medical attention.

Consider the causes

Illness can be caused by a lot of different things while you’re on holiday and in order to determine whether or not your illness is something you need to be worried about you should consider the potential cause. Excessive sun exposure, infected wounds, food poisoning and drinking unsafe water are some of the most common causes of illness abroad which are all preventable and should be looked out for.

Tell Your Insurance Company

If you do happen to fall ill and require medical treatment, the first thing you should do is call your insurance company and inform them. So few people do this and miss out on getting the right medical treatment as your insurance company will be able to direct you to the best possible medical facility in your area and guide you through the whole process. They will help you to avoid the more expensive or potentially seedy hospitals and contact your insurance company early means that they settle your insurance claim as soon as possible.

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