Information & Advice
Jetting off abroad? Or just staying at home this summer? Whatever your travel plans, let Boots Pharmaceuticals help you with products for bite and sting relief, flight socks and travel sickness.
So you've been stung by a nettle or bitten by a midge? If you want to soothe the itching, Boots Pharmaceuticals has a number of options that can be used to help relieve small stings - for example nettle stings - and bites from, for example, mosquitoes or horseflies.
A.Bite and Sting Relief Click It: This is a pen-like device that releases a safe electrical pulse designed to soothe
itching and relieve the urge to scratch bites and stings. It is suitable for adults and children over four years. It's called
"Click It" because you hold the tip lightly against the bitten area and click the black activating button. It's designed to
treat at least 2,000 bites.
A. Bite and Sting Relief Cooling Spray - a spray to help soothe itching caused by insect bites - is suitable for both adults and children aged six years and over. To use, do not spray directly onto the face. Spray into the palm of your hand and apply to the face avoiding eyes, nose and lips. This product can also be used on the body, although avoid intimate areas.
A. After the first three months of pregnancy, the Bite and Sting Relief Click It can be used, although not on the abdomen. Speak to a pharmacist for further information.
A. Bite and Sting Relief Antihistamine Cream: This is a soothing cream for the relief of pain, itching and swelling from
insect stings, bites and nettle stings. This cream soothes itching and relieves pain associated with insect bites and stings.
It is suitable for adults and children aged two years and over.
A. If your bite has become infected or if you have noticed side effects like a rash, redness, irritation, pain or swelling,
please tell your pharmacist or doctor.
A. Circulatory problems such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can occur when you spend any long period of time inactive, for example on long distance flights or journeys where conditions can be very cramped such as long car journeys. Boots Pharmaceuticals Flight Socks offer a clinically proven level of compression to help increase the blood flow, therefore reducing the risk of circulatory problems, including flight-related DVT.
A. Anyone who will be inactive for a long period of time (e.g. flights of more than four hours) may be at risk of DVT. T his risk can be even greater if:
A. It is important that the correct size is worn. Each pack of flight socks comes with a size table. You can measure yourself using this guide to find a pair that fits.
A. There are several things you can do to help prevent DVT occurring, such as stopping smoking, losing weight if you are overweight. If you are on a plane, make sure you move around regularly. Seek advice from your GP if you have concerns.
A. We offer tablets for both travel sickness and motion sickness.
Boots Travel Calm Tablets offer fast prevention and relief of travel sickness. You should chew or swallow the first tablet 20 minutes before the journey begins. Not suitable for children under three or if you are pregnant. Contains hyoscine hydrobromide. Always read the label.
Boots Motion Sickness Tablets offer effective control of motion sickness. They can also be used for other balance disorders that have been diagnosed by a doctor. These tablets can be sucked, chewed or swallowed with water and should not be taken by children under five or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Contains cinnarizine. Always read the label.
A. A product to consider would be our Adult Travel Bands. Using the ancient Chinese principles of acupressure, many people find wearing these bands on both wrists can help to control nausea including all forms of motion sickness and morning sickness. These may help to prevent travel and morning sickness without unpleasant side effects and start working almost immediately.
A. You may wish to consider our Micropur Water Purification Tablets if you are travelling to an area where you are
concerned about the cleanliness of drinking water - either abroad or if you are drinking standing water from a tank
in a caravan or motor-home.
There are two kinds of Micropur:
These products cannot be used to treat cloudy, murky water or water from ponds or streams.
A. Micropur is not suitable for long-term, continuous use. It is also not suitable for pregnant women or children under one year of age.
A. You must always ask your doctor or pharmacist what anti-malaria medicines are recommended for the part of the world you are visiting. There are various factors that must be taken into account, such as accommodation type, length of stay, type of holiday and activities.
Boots Pharmaceuticals have a combination pack of Anti-Malarial Tablets that can be used when travelling to some parts of the world to help prevent you getting malaria.
You can also access an effective malaria prevention treatment through our Prescriptions Direct service, or you can speak to a Boots pharmacist in store.
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