Common reasons you may get sick on holiday

Beach holidays are at the top of many people’s agenda each summer, as a well-deserved break from stressful jobs and daily routines. From relaxing by the pool and taking a dip in the sea to indulging in tasty meals each night, holidays are great fun, but sometimes the holiday doesn’t go as smoothly as you planned.Unfortunately, no matter how many reviews you read, you can’t prepare yourself for holiday sickness.

This blog will explain the top reasons as to why holidaymakers get sick, and what to look out for.

Contaminated or badly prepared food

Whether you’re all-inclusive, half board or self-catering, you’re going to come in contact with the food and drink the hotel provides at some point, putting your trust in them to prepare it safely. However, food that has not been stored properly, such as meat, can become a breeding ground for extremely serious forms of bacteria that result in illness for whoever consumes it. Furthermore, food that is luke-warm, unwashed fruit and uncovered food that has been touched by insects can also lead to infections and food poisoning.

Common signs of food contamination include:

●Diarrhoea and sickness

● Stomach cramps


●High temperature

Unclean hotels and pools

With so many people sleeping, eating and being around each other in one area, it’s no surprise that low hygiene levels can add to the spreading of viruses and germs. If a guest stays in a hotel, and is unknowingly carrying a stomach bug, this can be easily spread if their room and other communal areas of the hotel are not kept clean. Furthermore, the swimming pool is also a known area for sickness breakouts and can cause serious illness especially in young children.

Signs of an unclean pool include:

●Murky water

●Slimy tiles

●Dirty ring around the edge of the pool

●Strong chemical smells

If the pool is unclean you may experience the following symptoms:

●Changes in your eyes and ears such as irritation and infection


●Gastric problems such as sickness and diarrhoea

If you’ve been the victim of holiday sickness, you may be entitled to compensation. Here at Naughton Solicitors, based in Sunderland, our expert team has experience fighting a range of cases and securing the results each client deserves. Poor hygiene, bacterial infections and poorly cooked food can lead to serious health issues, which may continue to affect you once you’re back in the UK. Get in touch today and find out how we can help.

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