Why use our diverticulitis travel insurance?

These related digestive conditions affect the large intestine and are commonly associated with getting older. They occur when small bulges appear on the lining of the intestine that become infected or inflamed. Symptoms of diverticular disease are lower abdominal pain and a bloated feeling, while symptoms of diverticulitis include a high temperature of 38ºC (100.4ºF) or above and more severe abdominal pain.

According to the National Health Service (NHS), it’s estimated that 50 per cent of people have diverticula by the age of 50. A further 70 per cent of people will develop it by the age of 80. To put it into perspective, approximately 80,000 people were diagnosed with diverticulitis in England in 2010.

It’s often called a ‘western disease’ due to high rates in Western Europe and North American countries, while African and Asian countries have significantly lower rates. Health experts believe diet plays a big part in this, as westerners tend to eat less fibre. But regardless of how it’s caused, these digestive problems shouldn’t stop you from escaping to a dream destination.

If you have the green light to travel from your doctor, then simply complete our medical screening process online or via our friendly team of travel insurance specialists to see if we can cover you. Get a quote in minutes by calling them on 0800 033 4902 or via our simple online quote process.

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Why do I need travel insurance if I have a digestive condition?

It’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution when travelling, especially if you have a health problem that can flare up unexpectedly. By buying medical travel insurance from Staysure you’ll have the best possible cover; after all, we are the over 50s medical travel insurance specialists.

Our Comprehensive policies include cancellation cover, extra flights and accommodation for both you and your travel companion, children or grandchildren, following a medical emergency.

You’ll also be pleased to hear that we can replace any lost or stolen baggage and will even help you replace lost medication you take for diverticulitis or diverticular disease. This cover can be added to our Basics policy as an optional extra.

Tips for travelling with diverticulitis and diverticular disease

  • Always ask your doctor if you are well enough to travel before booking a holiday.
  • Take additional supplies of any medicine in case you lose it, damage it or you get delayed.
  • Write the names of your medications down (not just the brand names) and keep the list in your wallet or purse. If you lose them, you’ll be able to replace them more quickly.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol as it can raise your blood pressure. If you do, try and have a glass of water after each alcoholic drink.
  • Eating a high-fibre diet can improve your symptoms – don’t forget to stick to it as much as possible while you are on holiday.
  • Your diet should include five daily portions of fruit and vegetables.
  • If diverticulitis or diverticular disease plays up while you’re away, stick to a fluid-only diet until symptoms improve. This includes water, fruit juices without the pulp, clear soups, herbal teas and jellies.
  • Treat pain with paracetamol.
  • Avoid hard to digest foods such as nuts, corn, popcorn and seeds and drink plenty of water.
  • If you are travelling to Europe, it’s a requirement with Staysure that you get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This gives you free or reduced cost medical treatment but, it doesn’t cover the cost of being flown back to the UK, amongst other things. Apply online here or call 0300 3301350.

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Common questions about digestive conditions travel insurance

  • I bought my travel insurance last month but I’ve since been diagnosed with diverticulitis. Would Staysure still cover me?

    The first thing you need to do is call our friendly travel insurance team to let them know that you have had a change in health as this may affect your ability to make a claim if you have not declared a pre-existing medical condition. But the good news is that diverticulitis is a condition that we consider covering.
  • I’m travelling abroad next month but I’m worried about what would happen if my condition caused problems and I needed medical help. What about the language barrier?

    It shouldn’t present a problem if you have purchased our Comprehensive policy. Just call our 24-hour medical emergency number as we have a team of multi-lingual staff waiting to help. They can arrange any medical treatment you might need before liaising with local hospitals or health care specialists.
  • If I had to cancel my holiday due to my digestive problems, would I be able to cancel the trip and get a refund with Staysure?

    Cancellation is automatically included on our travel insurance policies with extra levels of cover available. You must declare all pre-existing medical conditions. Provided they are accepted and paid for, you will then be covered for a refund with Staysure.
  • I’ve been advised by my doctor not to travel at the moment. I’m still going abroad though, will you insure me?

    For us to insure you, we need your doctor to declare you fit enough to travel. If that is not the case, then we can’t offer you medical travel insurance.

Diverticulitis Travel Insurance

Apply for digestive condition travel insurance quote online or call 0800 033  4902.

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