Why use our oedema travel insurance?
Oedema is a build-up of fluid that causes parts of the body to become swollen. Also known as dropsy, this condition can happen as a result of an injury or certain health problems such as heart or kidney failure.
Although symptoms appear in any part of the body, it’s often found in the ankles and feet and is known as peripheral oedema. Other types include: macular oedema (affects the eyes), pulmonary oedema (affects the lungs) and cerebral oedema (affects the brain). However, when doctors can’t find a cause, the oedema is known as idiopathic oedema.
Providing your doctor has declared you fit enough to travel, we are happy to consider you for medical travel insurance. Simply complete our medical screening process online or via our friendly team of travel insurance specialists to see what level of cover we can offer you. Get a quote online or call 0800 033 4902.
Why do I need travel insurance for oedema?
As with any pre-existing medical condition, it’s a wise move to buy travel medical insurance just in case your health deteriorates while you’re away. As the over 50s award winning health care specialists, Staysure has a solid reputation for providing the best possible cover, enabling you to enjoy your holiday with peace of mind.
Our Comprehensive policies include cancellation cover, extra flights and accommodation for both you and your travel companion, children or grandchildren, if there’s a medical emergency.
You’ll also be reassured to know that we can replace any lost or stolen medication for oedema. What’s more, all of this can be added to our Basic policy as an optional extra.
Tips for travelling with water retention
- If you have any concerns about oedema and travelling speak to your doctor beforehand
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing
- Choose footwear that is easy to slip off in case your feet swell
- Being dehydrated can make swelling worse, do drink plenty of water
- If travelling by plane, give your feet and ankles a good rub occasionally to get the circulation going. Plus, take a walk up and down the aisle when possible
- When sitting down on a plane move your ankles, point your toes, circle your feet etc. to prevent swelling
- If mobility is an issue, phone the airport beforehand and arrange for someone to help you
- Don’t pack too much as carrying heavy luggage could make swelling worse
- Consider booking through a travel agent as they can recommend accommodation in a destination that is suitable for your oedema i.e. in a central location, on the ground floor/close to a lift and near all amenities
- Take sufficient medication for the duration of your holiday, plus a little extra just in case you are delayed
- It’s also a good idea to make a note of any medication and the dosage that you are on, and to keep it safe in your wallet or purse. If you lose any you can get it replaced quickly
- If exploring a new town or city, consider getting on a tourist bus to save you from walking long distances. That way if you get tired, you can always stay on the bus and let it take you on the full journey
- 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.
Oedema Travel Insurance
To get a travel insurance quote that covers water retention, oedema and idiopathic oedema, click below or call our specialists on 0800 033 4902.