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."
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