Intestinal inflammation is a very wide group of diseases, manifested by digestive disorders and a number of associated symptoms. May include the small and large intestines and often affect the entire lower gastrointestinal tract.

In an acute inflammatory condition that lasts for a long time, there are signs of a general weakening of the body.

Bowel inflammation most often occurs after the ingestion of toxic substances, usually toxins, bacteria, fungi, or chemicals. There is also an inflammation of the intestine associated with other causes – an auto immunological basis.

Travelling with IBD

For people with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, the thought of traveling can be very difficult, but with a responsible and conscientious approach to travel preparation, there is no reason to deny you the pleasure of seeing the world in its vibrant diversity.

People with inflammatory bowel disease are at two main risks when travelling:

  • Recurrence or exacerbation of IBD due to gastrointestinal infections caused by dietary changes, unstable medication, or lack of access to essential medications
  • Acquisition of infectious diseases in developing countries. In countries where there is a high risk of infectious diseases due to immunodeficiency in people with IBD.

So, thinking about travelling with IBD? Planning your travel wisely and carefully can help you decrease the risk of travel complications. The information below will help you prepare for your trip.

Travel preparation

You should follow the below-mentioned points before plan travelling with IBD:

  • The remission period is the most suitable time for your journey. It is at this time that the risk of a relapse during the trip is significantly reduced and the costs of medical insurance are reduced.
  • Make sure you check your health insurance. It is important that treatment for inflammatory bowel disease is included in your policy.
  • Get your medical history and medication list from your healthcare provider.
  • Consider if you need additional vaccinations before your trip? In some cases, it takes up to 8 weeks for vaccinations before travel, so plan your visit to the clinic well in advance. It is possible that the drugs you are taking are contraindicated during vaccination.
  • Make sure you take enough medication.
  • Always bring sunscreen cosmetics with you. A number of drugs, such as azathioprine or mercaptopurine, used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), make the skin more sensitive and prone to skin cancers.
  • Some medicines require low-temperature storage. Check if your apartment has a refrigerator.
  • Choose a home that meets all your requirements. Find out more about the bathroom.
  • Sometimes stress or anxiety is the cause of an exacerbation of the disease, so try to prevent all possible stressful situations before traveling. A busy program is not always the best travel option, as fatigue may make you unable to truly enjoy your vacation.
  • Traveling as a group or traveling on your own? Maybe getting a tour will save you time and effort when booking your trip. What’s more, a tour team leader can help you locate health centers if needed.
  • A business trip abroad? When working in developing countries, be aware that you may be at risk of certain infections. Be sure to consult your doctor.
  • Depending on the transport:
  • When traveling by bus, make sure the vehicle is equipped with a toilet. This is especially necessary when traveling long distances.
  • Take an aisle seat if possible
  • If the airline or transport carrier has the opportunity to provide a special menu, then be sure to use this service.

Inflammatory bowel disease shouldn’t get in the way of your dreams! By sharing your impressions of your trip, you can inspire others to do the same.