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Holidaying abroad with Lupus

When you choose your travel insurance it is always a good idea to talk to your GP or other medical professional who is helping you to manage your condition.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body’s natural defence system starts attacking healthy tissue. There is no cure but it can be managed with medication.

Symptoms of lupus include:

  • Extreme tiredness
  • Skin rashes over the nose and cheeks
  • Joint pain and stiffness

It can also cause:

  • Weight loss
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Poor circulation in the fingers and toes (Raynaud’s syndrome)
  • Swollen glands

It is estimated that 5 million people worldwide have lupus. It is more prevalent in women than men and, of those living with the condition, it occurs more in people with Afro-Caribbean or Asian origins but it is not known what causes it. Visit the charity Lupus UK for information.

If you have lupus as a pre-existing medical condition make sure you tell Direct-Travel about it when you take out travel insurance with us.

We will take you through our medical screening process either online, or you can call our friendly UK-based call centre. We will also insure other members of your travel party, family or friends.

Having the condition should not stop you from holidaying abroad, unwinding and de stressing. Here are some tips:

  • If it is possible, try not to travel whilst you are experiencing a flare up of your condition
  • Pick your destination carefully, ie good sanitation, clean water and good medical facilities
  • Tell your doctor before booking your trip so they can advise you of a good health plan for your trip in case you have an emergency
  • Ask your doctor to provide you with a letter detailing your condition and a list of the medication you need to take with you and ask them to ensure none of the medication you take is a banned substance in your destination country
  • Wear loose clothing whilst on the plane, get up and walk around and drink plenty of water

Our last suggestion is make the most of it. Go off and enjoy your trip.