Well being basics
There can be few things as frustrating as waiting months to go on your holiday and then have it ruined by getting sick once you are there.
Cambodia has its fair share of things to make you ill, and many dangers come and go with the seasons. During the wet season (June-October), it can unsurprisingly get very wet and humid, with flooding on the streets common all over town. With the rain and flooding comes an increase in health hazards. Mosquitos will be out in enforced numbers, and crossing the road may well mean getting your feet wet. Take care of yourself this season by following a few simple tips:
NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT A RAINCOAT
Don’t get caught out in a downpour. Plastic ponchos are easy to pack.
DON’T WALK INTO FLOODED AREAS
Debris can be hidden in the water and cut your feet. Cleanse cuts thoroughly with soap and water, apply antibiotic cream, and cover until healed.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM MOSQUITOS
Keep away mosquitos carrying dengue and viruses with insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin. You can also spray permethrin on clothes and linens while not using them (dry thoroughly before wearing). Use screens or mosquito nets.
ALWAYS CARRY CLEAN WATER WITH YOU
If you are exercising or sweating a lot, consider drinking an electrolyte solution once a day. (Don’t go overboard though, too much ORS becomes a laxative!)
BE WARY OF HEAT EXHAUSTiON
If you’re feeling dizzy, have a headache, or get stomach cramps after being in the sun, get yourself to a cool place. Drink extra fluids
DON’T FORGET THE RULES ABOUT FOOD
Don’t eat undercooked meat. Only eat raw vegetables if they can be peeled or washed with clean water. Wash your own hands frequently and carry hand sanitiser with you.