Travel illness

Whether you are about to travel abroad and need a risk assessment or are returning from a trip, you should be sure to check in with a babylon doctor to learn what vaccinations you may need. Our GPs can advise about how to stay healthy on aeroplanes and when eating new foods. If you are sick at your destination, our physicians can diagnose most common illnesses, and tell you what medication you should ask for in the local pharmacy. babylon is available wherever you have internet access — which is the best travel assurance you can get. If you have returned and are suffering from symptoms that are concerning you, do not hesitate in getting seen by a babylon GP.

Identifying that there is a problem as soon as possible can benefit treatment, management and recovery processes.

Insect Bites & Stings

Bites and stings from insects are common conditions and in the majority of cases cause minor damage or irritation for a short period of time. That said, you should be mindful as stings or bites from some insects can not only be painful but can cause a serious allergic reaction.

If you have been stung or bitten by an insect you may have a combination of reactions including:

  • Itchy lump or rash on the sting or bite site
  • Swollen or fluid filled blister
  • Bruising
  • Wheezing
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Joint Pain
  • Sickness
  • A high temperature (38C to 40C or more) 

These symptoms will commonly resolve in a matter of days. However, if they don’t or if you experience any of the following symptoms you should see a doctor.

Emergency Response

If you experience any of the following symptoms after being stung or bitten you should dial 999 and seek emergency medical attention:

  • A swollen face or mouth
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A fast heart rate
  • Confusion or anxiety