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Cost of holiday illness revealed

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Nearly three quarters of people miss up to four days of their holiday due to illness, losing approximately £322 worth of their break, a survey has found, indicating the importance of travel insurance.

According to the poll of more than 2,000 people for Panadol, over 66% of holidaymakers admitted to having suffered from stomach upsets, while sunburn affected 62% people.

Other leading problems to have plagued holidaymakers include insect bites (55%), headaches (42%) and cold and flu (22%).

Nearly 50% of 18 to 34-year-olds first seek help from their mother when they come down with illness, with only 28% turning to doctors.

Over 41% consult pharmacies, while 28% seek advice from their partner, the poll has found.

More than half of 18 to 34-year-olds said they do not bother to carry medicines with them, including insect repellent and diarrhoea tablets, during their holiday.

GP and author Dr Sarah Brewer said: "It's worth checking out any specific medical requirements for the country you are travelling to with your GP at least six weeks before you travel."

© Press Association 2010