Travel insurance for gout
Gout is a type of arthritis that is more common in men than women and is estimated to affect one in 70 adults in the UK, according to the NHS. The pain comes from hard, needle-shaped crystals that build up in the body’s joints when the body produces too much uric acid. Symptoms include sudden and severe pain in the joint, swelling and redness. The big toe is commonly affected, but it can strike any joint.
If you have gout this should not stand in the way of life’s little luxuries, such as enjoying a holiday. If you are currently planning a trip and have gout, travel insurance is highly recommended. Get a quote in a matter of minutes via our simple online screening process, or call our team of travel insurance specialists on 0800 033 4902.
Why do I need travel insurance if I have gout?
It’s always a good idea to be prepared, especially if gout disrupts your life from time to time. If you have a travel insurance policy with Staysure, then your health is one less thing to worry about as you will be in safe hands while away. Our Comprehensive policy covers you for medical treatment as well as repatriation, theft, cancellation, loss of medicine and much more.
If you suddenly need to go to hospital due to gout complications, this could lead to additional and unforeseen costs such as missed flights or extra accommodation. In extreme cases, it may even cause you to cancel a holiday before you’ve left home. For these reasons a Staysure policy can be a savvy investment if something goes wrong. Plus, you’ll also have access to our 24-hour emergency helpline in English, which can be helpful in foreign countries.
Tips for travelling with gout
- Speak to your GP before you book your holiday if you have any health concerns. They can assess if you are fit enough to travel and give you extra medication for longer holidays
- Some foods can bring on a gout attack if eaten too often or in large quantities, so are best avoided while away. These include: meat (especially liver, kidney, veal, turkey and venison), seafood (especially fish roe, mussels anchovies, herring, mackerel, sardines and scallops), asparagus, kidney beans, lima beans, lentils, spinach and food with yeast extracts like Marmite
- Drink plenty of water. Being hydrated will reduce the risk of crystals forming in your joints
- If you have a gout attack, rest the affected joint in a raised position and avoid any exercise that puts pressure on the joint. Ice packs will also help to reduce the swelling
- Drinking too much alcohol can bring on a gout attack. The NHS recommends that men should not drink more than three to four units of alcohol a day and women no more than two-to-three units a day
- If you are going to drink alcohol while away, drink plenty of water afterwards
- Vitamin C has been shown to lower the risk of developing gout and lower uric acid levels, so you may want to take a daily supplement
- If you are travelling by plane and are experiencing pain, phone the airport in advance to ask if someone can help you with your luggage
- Don’t over pack. Heavy suitcases are the last thing you want to carry if your gout flares up while on holiday
- Make a list of any medication you are on and keep it handy just in case you lose any. This will help speed up the process of replacing it.
- Take enough medication for a few extra days too, just in case you are delayed
- If travelling in Europe, make sure you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to reduced-cost and sometimes free medical treatment. However, it doesn’t cover your flight home if you miss it due to illness. You can apply online.
Common questions about gout travel insurance
I’ve had gout for a few years now and take medication to lower my uric acid levels. Will you help if I lose my medication while I’m on holiday?
- Yes. One of the benefits of having a Comprehensive policy with Staysure is that we can replace any lost or stolen medication while you are away. All you have to do is call our 24-hour medical emergency number and speak to one of our friendly members of staff. It’s also worth bearing in mind that we can replace prescription glasses or contact lenses too.
What happens if I miss my flight home due to a gout related problem?
- First of all don’t panic. If you’ve declared your medical conditions and our underwriter has agreed to cover you while purchasing your policy with Staysure then you’ll be covered for both medical expenses and missed departures.
Is it worth getting a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for a week away as well as travel insurance?
- Yes, we would advise all our customers to get an EHIC ahead of a trip to Europe. As for travel insurance, it’s always good to be prepared. The National Health Service (NHS) advises British travellers to cover their holidays with a private travel insurance policy, using the EHIC as additional cover only.
I’ve just been diagnosed with gout and I’m due to go on holiday next month. Do I need to tell you about this?
- Yes, you need to contact us if there is any change to your health to find out if your policy is affected and it may affect your premium.
What happens if I need to cancel my holiday because of a gout related problem?
- Provided you have been through the medical screening process and have been accepted by our underwriters, you will be covered.
Travel Insurance Gout
Get a quote online for travel insurance with gout or by call a member of the Staysure team on 0800 033 4902.
All travel insurance provided by Staysure is subject to agreement from our underwriter. Terms and conditions apply, details of which can be found within the Policy Document.