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Travel insurance for Diverticulitis

The medical condition diverticulitis affects the intestine creating pockets in its lining that become inflamed. When you are seeking medical insurance cover for this pre-existing medical condition it is essential you know what version you have.

There are three different similar illnesses with similar names:

  • 1. Diverticular disease is the creation of the pockets in the intestine. Symptoms include bloating or abdominal pain.
  • 2. Diverticulosis is when people don’t experience any pain – this is generally more common.
  • 3. Diverticulitis is when these pockets become infected. Suffers experience severe abdominal pain on the left side of the body, high temperatures and frequent bowel movements or diarrhoea.

It is estimated that 5% of people have had diverticular disease by the age of 40, and 50% of people will have experienced it by the time they are 80 years old. Find out more via the charity Guts UK and the NHS website.

However, it can be a very unpredictable condition and a bad recurrence of diverticulitis could involve surgery. Even if you control it by medication it is vital that you tell us here at Direct-Travel Insurance.

If you had this condition earlier on in your life it can reoccur, so we would still need to know about it should the unthinkable happen and you need treatment for the condition abroad.

The last thing you will want is a large medical bill after seeking emergency help in another country. We cover an array of pre-existing health conditions enabling our customers to soak up the sun without worry.

Just call Direct-Travel to arrange your travel insurance. Our easy-to-use screening process can give you a quote within minutes. Whether you choose to purchase via our friendly UK-based call centre or online, we can soon have you selecting a policy put together for your specific needs and those of your co-travellers.

Some of the questions we may need to ask you during your medical screening with us include:

  • Have you ever needed to have surgery for diverticulitis?
  • In the past two years how many unplanned hospital admissions have you had?
  • Do you have any symptoms at the moment?

Before you make any firm travel plans, talk to your doctor about your condition and your fitness to travel. Take the medication you need just in case it flares up and ensure that it is not a restricted substance in the country of destination. Now go off and enjoy yourself.