BOOK TRIAL
Home » Avoid Bed Bugs in Hotels | Don’t Get Bugged When You Travel
Medical

Avoid Bed Bugs in Hotels | Don’t Get Bugged When You Travel

November 21, 2019

 

 

It’s the time of the year again whereby we globe-trotting Singaporeans take our well-deserved break overseas.

 

As we travel to increasingly remote and far flung destinations, have you ever wondered what are some of the bugs that we may be inflicted with and bring back with us?

Common Types of Bugs:

Gastrointestinal Bugs, Respiratory Viruses (e.g. Flu Virus), and Bed Bugs

 

 

 

1. Gastrointestinal Bugs

To start off, there are many gastrointestinal bugs that can infect us, causing symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever etc.

 

Bacteria like Salmonalle, Shigella and Camplyobacter; viruses like Norovirus and Rotavirus ; and parasites like Giardia and Entamoeba all can be contracted while we are overseas.

 

Unfortunately, these bacteria, viruses and parasites are easily transmissible to people around us. Hence, prevention is key.

 

Tips to Avoid these Bugs:

  • Drinking only bottled or boiled water and avoiding ice if possible
  • Eat only food that is thoroughly cooked and consume it while it is hot.
  • Avoid raw or undercooked items like salads, raw vegetables, undercooked meat and shellfish, and unpasteurized milk.

 

Infections with theses bugs are mostly self-limiting.

 

However, please consult a doctor if you feel unwell or if diarrhea is persistent more than three days.

 

 

 

2. Respiratory Viruses (e.g. Flu Virus)

Respiratory viruses, particularly, the flu virus, can inflict us easily.

 

During this holiday season, many of us will choose to fly to a cold country to escape the stifling heat of Singapore. Sadly, for a variety of reasons, cold season is usually also flu season.

 

Infection with the flu virus can cause a spectrum of disease, from a simple cold to serious brain and lung infections.

 

Vaccination to Avoid Flu Bugs

Take the flu vaccine at least two weeks before commencing your travels.

 

If you suspect you caught the flu bug, consult a doctor as soon as possible as there are anti-viral medications which may be useful in certain cases.

 

 

 

 

3. Bed Bugs

Lastly, bed bugs is one of the most common bugs that we can inadvertently bring into our homes from our travels.

 

These pesky creatures can hitchhike into your home by way of your clothes, sleeping bag and even luggage. Contrary to popular belief, bedbugs can even be found in the fanciest of hotels!

 

 

Steps to get rid of bedbugs:

  • If you got bitten or notice bedbugs in your overseas accommodations, vacuum your suitcase, backpack, camera bag etc – leave no seam unsucked.
  • Wash everything in the hottest water possible to boil the little biters.
  • If disastrously, an infestation takes root in your home, the same applies.
  • Vacuum everything and wash or dry clean everything moveable ( clothes, bedspread, rugs etc) in the hottest water possible.
  • If all else fails, call a professional pest exterminator.

 

 

Holidaying abroad is certainly an enriching activity. However, being “enriched” with the bugs mentioned above is certainly something we all want to avoid. So, take the necessary precautions and have a safe holiday!

Suggested Articles

OUR CLINICS

AESTHETIC

Healthsprings Laser & Aesthetic Clinic

  • 541 Orchard Road #11-01, Liat Towers Singapore 238881

  • 9728 2861

  • 6836 8386

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
    Saturday: 9am to 1pm.
    Sun/Public holiday: Close

MEDICAL

Healthsprings Medical Associates

  • 541 Orchard Road #10-02, Liat Towers Singapore 238881

  • 9728 7793

  • 6734 5260

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
    Saturday: 9am to 1pm.
    Sun/Public holiday: Close

MEDISPA

Healthsprings Aesthetic

  • 541 Orchard Road #10-01A, Liat Towers Singapore 238881

  • 9088 8775

  • 6262 3660

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm
    Saturday: 9am to 1pm.
    Sun/Public holiday: Close

MEDICAL

Healthsprings Medical Clinic

  • 524A, Greenridge Shopping Centre, #02-01, Jelapang Road, Singapore 671524

  • 8799 8936

  • 6892 6681

  • Monday to Wednesday:  8am to 4pm, 6pm to 9.30pm
    Thursday: 8am to 3pm, 6pm to 9.30pm
    Friday:  8am to 3pm
    Saturday:  8.30am to 1 pm
    Sun/Public holiday:  Close

AESTHETIC

Aesthetics @ Healthsprings

  • 524A, Greenridge Shopping Centre, #02-02, Jelapang Road, Singapore 671524

  • 8799 8936

  • 6892 0789

  • Monday to Wednesday: 8am to 4pm, 6pm to 9.30pm
    Thursday: 8am to 3pm, 6pm to 9.30pm
    Friday:  8am to 3pm
    Saturday:  8.30am to 1 pm
    Sun/Public holiday:  Close

MEDICAL & AESTHETIC

Vista Healthsprings Medical & Laser Clinic

  • 5 Sengkang Square, #02-01, Sengkang MRT Station Singapore 545062

  • 8616 6166

  • 6288 6696

  • Monday to Wednesday:  8am to 4pm, 6pm to 9.30pm

    Thursday: 8am to 3pm, 6pm to 9.30pm

    Friday:  8am to 3pm

    Saturday:  8.30am to 1pm

    Sun/Public holiday:  Close

MEDICAL & AESTHETIC

Healthsprings Medical & Laser Clinic

  • 105A Bidadari Park Drive

    #01-09 Singapore 341105

  • Opening Soon

Healthsprings was established in 2000 with its first medical clinic located at Bukit Panjang. In 2001, the company ventured into the medical aesthetic field and has become one of the first Singapore-based clinics to offer Lasers, Peels, Fillers, Botulinum Injections and other aesthetic services. In 2008, Healthsprings Laser and Aesthetic is opened in Orchard Road and has been known to specialise in different aesthetic procedures for the skin, face, body, and hair.

Read More ...

BOOK TRIAL OR APPOINTMENT

RECENT POST

Laser Therapy For Hair Loss: The Benefits and Side Effects

December 4, 2019

Hair Loss is More Common Than You Thought!     We lose around 50 to 100 strands of hair every day and for most..

READ MORE

Avoid Bed Bugs in Hotels | Don’t Get Bugged When You Travel

November 21, 2019

It’s the time of the year again whereby we globe-trotting Singaporeans take our well-deserved break overseas.   As we travel to increasingly remote and..

READ MORE

Who Should Get the HPV Vaccination? Costs & Types of Vaccine in Singapore

November 13, 2019

What is HPV? Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of viruses that causes infections in both men and women.   It is estimated that..

READ MORE