Blog Header

Holidaying abroad and coping with Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease is a chronic, lifelong inflammatory disease of the intestines and it can affect anyone of any age. The symptoms usually start in childhood or early adulthood.

There is no cure for Crohn’s but there is medication such as steroid tablets to reduce inflammation and you can access support through the leading charity Crohn’s & Colitis UK. It estimates that there are 300,000 people who have Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis or Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome in the UK. If you have Crohn’s Disease the main symptoms include the following:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Blood in your stools
  • Weight loss
  • Tiredness

Here at Direct-Travel we cover many people with pre-existing medical conditions so call our friendly UK-based contact centre or carry out your medical screening online. Our insurance experts are trained to offer you the best policy that fits your circumstances.

We will also cover other family members and friends who might be travelling with you. Just make sure you tell us of your pre-existing Crohn’s Disease condition and any others that are relevant.

Questions we may need to ask you in relation to Crohn’s include:

  • The number of hospital admissions you’ve had in the past two years
  • If you have had any incidences of bowel obstruction
  • And if you’ve had abdominal surgery for the condition

It is always a good idea to have a chat with your GP to see if you are fit for travel and to ensure you have all the medication you are going to need whilst you are away. Additionally, find out from your doctor whether any of the medication you want to take is a banned substance in your country of destination.

Once you are all set to go, here are some tips to help you achieve a comfortable trip:

  • Find out in advance where the public toilets are located as much as you are able to
  • Pack in your hand luggage some spare underwear, wipes and spare clothing in case you have an accident
  • Bring a copy of your prescription if the unthinkable happens and you run out or forget to pack your medication!
  • When you get to your destination be careful what you eat. If you have lived with the condition for long enough this shouldn’t be a problem but it would be a shame if you inflamed your condition because you threw caution to the wind

Just remember this: you are not alone and many people travel with Crohn’s Disease, but we hope you find this information useful before you jet off for a relaxing trip.