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Health Matters

If in the unlikely event you or a member of your family becomes ill on holiday, don't take any chances, contact the doctor as soon as possible.

For any minor illness such as an upset tummy you may wish to visit the 'Farmacia' (chemist) located in almost every town. Chemists are usually open during normal shopping hours with the exception of Saturday afternoons. Check out our maps for directions in your resort. It may help to bring along an example of the medication you're looking for.

For more serious problems you'll find the local clinics are very helpful - if you enter via the 'normal' door you may have quite a wait and it does help to have a spanish speaking person with you.

For emergencies go through the 'Urgencias' door and you'll be attended to pretty quickly.

In most resorts there are usually private clinics or doctors and more often than not english will be spoken there.

Dentists

All dentists are private - look out for their 'Dentista' signs.

Opticians

There are usually 'Opticas' in most resorts but they are not the 1 hour wait type.

Sunbathing

Even though it's always tempting to get as much sun as possible when you first arrive (especially when every one around you seems to be more tanned), do try and take it easy on the first few days.
Gradually increase your sunbathing sessions day by day.
The sun in the Canaries is a lot stronger than in the UK, and as well as being painful, severe sunburn can have lasting effects on your body.
A good tip to remember is the longer it takes to get a tan the longer it will last.
Top Tanning Tips
1. Use at least factor 15 on the first few days
2. Avoid the midday sun
3. In case of sunburn use a prescribed after sun lotion
4. Cover blisters and don't burst them
5. If you have severe sun burn call the doctor immediately

Don't wait 'till your skin feels uncomfortable before you cover up. When you know the basic rules and follow them, you don't need to worry about burning…

Here's what the NHS say....

Hot Topic: Top Tips for Sunburn
Never burn!

Sunburn causes permanent damage. The visible burns heal but the effects can re-emerge as skin cancer years later.
If you look closely at sunburnt skin you'll see it's tight, creased, red and hot. These are signs of serious damage.
Don't wait for the first signs of redness or feelings of hotness. They appear hours after you've sustained burns.
Wear a hat

A wide brim will protect your face, your neck and much of your shoulders.
Wear clothes that cover you

Fabrics that cover your arms and your legs are the coolest way to be outdoors in the summer.
You'll feel more comfortable, you'll avoid heatstroke, and your skin will stay young longer.

The more tightly woven the fabric, the more of the sun's rays it will block. The safest option is to wear clothes that are specially designed to be sun-protective.
Wet fabrics let more sun through. So do pale colours.
At the seaside wear sun-protective swimsuits, or wetsuits.
Wear sunglasses

Your eyes can be harmed by excessive exposure to the sun. The retina can be permanently damaged and cataracts may result.

Buy a pair of sunglasses that are 100% UV-blocking.
Make sure your sunglasses have wrap-around protection.
Get into the shade

The higher the sun is in the sky, the more concentrated its rays.

The sun shines most fiercely between 10am and 2pm.
Apply sunscreen - with an SPF of 15 or more

Put sunscreen on wherever your skin is exposed. Don't forget those vulnerable areas: ears, neck, back of the hands, feet...

Apply sunscreen half an hour before you go outside, so it has a chance to sink in. It doesn't start working immediately.

Apply generously!
Put sunscreen on at least every couple of hours.
If you are swimming or sweating, apply more often.
se a broad-spectrum sunscreen (which blocks both UVB and UVA light).
Don't rely on sunscreen alone

No sunscreen blocks out all UV rays. Your skin is still being damaged, just more slowly.
Don't stay out all day just because you're wearing sunscreen.
A good rule of thumb is: don't stay out wearing sunscreen any longer than you would if you were not wearing it.
Wear hats and clothes and sunglasses as well as sunscreen.
You can burn even on a cloudy day

Cloud only blocks some of the sun's UV - depending on the type and thickness of the cloud, it could block as little as a third of the UV.
You can burn more badly on a cloudy day, because you may not realise the danger.
And if you've got a tan...

You've already damaged your skin.
You are not protected against further sun damage.
So don't ignore the guidelines - in fact, start following them!
In a nutshell... the sun safety code

Take care not to burn
Cover up
Seek shade
Apply sunscreen generously
Protect children
Source:
Department of Health Sunsafe website
http://212.161.1.31/default.html

Tummy Problems

More often than not most tummy problems whilst on holiday are blamed on the local food. This is not usually the case. Here's a few tips to avoid an upset tummy while on holiday..

Top Tummy Tips

1. Don't drink too much alcohol, remember measures here are a lot larger and stronger than back in the UK. Take your time!
2. Avoid too many cold drinks
3. Always wash fresh fruit
4. Change your diet gradually