Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth

From childhood creepy-crawlies fascinated Jane Wilson-Howarth, then an overland trip to Nepal showed her how information empowers people to avoid unpleasant organisms feeding on or in them. Dr Jane’s mission has always been sharing tips and encouraging others to explore, without worrying about the darker sides of nature. Jane’s other theme is learning from other cultures. In particular her book A Glimpse of Eternal Snows describes how mirroring Nepal survival strategies by living for each day helps you through life’s challenges. This year she brought out a novel set in Nepal, Snowfed Waters, which is also life-enhancing.

Jane’s first book Lemurs of the Lost World is about Madagascar. Her comprehensive The Essential Guide to Travel Health (originally Bugs Bites & Bowels) is in its fifth edition and the cheeky How to Shit Around the World is available as a book or on kindle. Jane was spotted by Lyn and Paul when speaking at the Royal Geographical Society way back in 1993. Rather against Jane’s better judgement they persuaded her to write a double spread on travellers’ diarrhoea for the first issue of Wanderlust. She went on to pen a health feature (as well as innumerable Q&As) in all but two issues of the magazine. Visit www.wilson-howarth.com, which includes health tips and a blog; Jane also tweets tips @longdropdoc

*Photo Seb Howarth

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How to stay healthy without offending local customs

Don’t be a wallflower on your travels: get stuck into the local culture and traditions without risking your health – Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth explains how

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How to beat anxiety when you travel

Travel can be uplifting and inspiring – but it can also be stressful and disorientating. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth considers what you can do to make your trip stress-free

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Zika: Beyond the headlines

Using one woman’s unusual experience of living with Zika, Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth delves into what the virus is, how you catch it and – most importantly – how to avoid it…

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How to protect yourself from air pollution

Global air pollution is on the rise. With it comes the increased risk of respiratory illness. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth explains how travellers might be affected – and how to cope

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How to look after your eyes when travelling

The eyes are a window on your health – and often the first parts of a traveller to succumb to the elements. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth explains how to keep your peepers pristine

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The essential pre-travel checklist everyone should do before a holiday

In the excitement of booking a trip, all thoughts of your health often go out the window – Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth offers her handy pointers on how to prepare for any adventure

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How to avoid dirty water on your holiday

Finding clean H20 isn’t always a matter of simply turning on a tap. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth filters the myths of drinking dirty water and explains how to keep safe and hydrated…

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Have you heard the health news?

Handy advice on travel health, as well as taking a look at new products to hit the pharmacy shelves

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Dodging Delhi belly and other health risks in India

India is rich in culture and life – but there are some cultures and some life that you really want to avoid. Here we highlight the subcontinent's biggest risks

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Allergic to travel?

Asthma and allergies are on the rise, but they needn't curb your travel plans. Here we help you see the world without wheezing

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What's in the water?

Local drinking water isn’t always the microbe soup that some imagine. We look at the most common travel scenarios and how best to drink through them

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How to beat the little niggles

Sore throats, cuts and grazes, a bout of piles – all can hit you on your trip. Dr Jane Howarth-Wilson tells you what to do about them

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Thought for food

Exotic food: the best thing about travel – and one of the world's biggest potential health pitfalls. How to cope with the world's weirdest cuisines

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Bird flu: should you panic?

As media hysteria pushes avian flu into the headlines, we discuss whether it actually poses a threat to travellers

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Putting up barriers against mosquitos

Now you know all the options, here we explain just why they are necessary and how you can maximise your protection against mosquitoes

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Malaria: Questions and answers for travellers

Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth, author of The Essential Guide to Travel Health, answers travellers' questions about malaria

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How to cope with back-home blues

All great trips must come to an end – Dr Jane Wilson helps you get through the lows that follow your holiday highs

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When you need a doctor

Some symptoms can't be cured with your first-aid kit. Here we explain which travel illnesses need an expert's help

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How to cope with snakes

Even Indiana Jones quails in the face of snakes, but there's no need to fear...

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How to avoid parasites

Of all the unpleasant, debilitating tropical diseases lurking to infect the traveller, bilharzia is probably the one that causes most confusion. Here we explain

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Bird flu: how scared should you be?

Could our rise in travelling aid an outbreak of diseases, like bird flu?

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Rabies: once bitten...

Rabies is a serious and deadly disease. Here's what you should do if you are bitten by an animal on your travels

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Health and travelling with children

Reckless or rewarding? Is travelling with children a danger to their health or inspiring? Dr. Jane decides...

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Dengue fever – the facts

The dengue virus is affecting more people than ever – Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth tells you how to avoid being one of them

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How to stay safe in the wild

Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth shares her experiences from a recent trip to South Africa and offers advice on how to stay safe in the wild

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Chinese Medicine

China is vast and the health issues many and varied. Here we help assess the risks for travellers

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Health: Fact or Fiction?

Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth sorts out the old wives' tale of travel health

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Essential travel health tips for women

How to keep healthy overseas? Our resident doctor shares her best advice for female travellers

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Get stuck in: travel vaccinations

Pre-trip injections are vital, but which jabs do you really need? And how much do they cost?

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Things that make you go eeeuyew!

Leeches, flesh-maggots, metre-long guinea worms...Get the help you need to deal with nature's nasties

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Unwanted souvenirs

Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth helps you deal with some of the nastier bugs you can pick up on your travels

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Just a scratch?

Mentioning rabies can strike fear into many a heart. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth debunks the myths and offers practical advice

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Hospital holiday

A trip to warmer climes used to be a cure for all ills, but the financial reality of modern medical care is making overseas treatment a very real alternative

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Healthy hiking

Pushing your body physically, in often extreme environments, can take its toll. Pre-trek preparation is key if you want to enjoy the journey

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Why you should watch what you eat on your travels

Avoiding stomach bugs when overseas doesn't necessarily mean avoiding the best of the local food. Dine in pleasure with our top tips...

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Malaria: take pills, not risks

Research offers hope for treatment - but prevention is better than cure, says Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth

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Does travel make you fat?

Does travel affect your waistline and are you likely to come back lardy or lean? Advice to help you make your next trip healthier

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Long-haul health questions answered

Ten key heath questions to consider before heading off on an exciting round the world adventure

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Jet lag: a doctor's advice

Seven tips to help you avoid jet lag on your next long haul trip

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Out in the cold

Winter travel can be great for morale – but seriously bad for the health of the poorly equipped. Follow our expert advice to help you stay safe and warm

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How to travel when you have diabetes

Don’t let your diabetes stop you from exploring. Diabetes sufferer Jean Sinclair and Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth offer their top tips

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Ticked off with Lyme disease

The bite of a humble tick can trigger a truly nasty illness. Expert advice to help you avoid Lyme disease

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Dealing with dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases

Dengue is a risk for 40% of the world’s population. Our expert advice will help ensure you’re not among them

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Travel by the rules: health and etiquette

Etiquette can be very different overseas – and so can the law. Keep a clean record on the road by taking our advice and reading these top tips

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Health: your 10 most frequently asked questions

Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth, health expert since issue 1, reveals the most common questions she’s faced, and of course, her expert answers

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Men vs Women: different health issues

According to medical research, male travellers are overconfident daredevils, while women are chronic worriers. Here we explain travel’s sexual divide

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Saving money on travel health

Staying healthy on your travels can be pricey – but you can cut costs: how to save, and where not to scrimp

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Beating seasickness

Try jam-sarnies, avoid radishes and cucumbers, and keep your eyes locked on the horizon

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Battling itches when you're travelling

At any one time 9% of the world's population are itching – here we define the common causes of and help you stop stratching

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UK travel health issues

We brace ourselves for bugs and biters when we travel overseas, but what about health risks closer to home? Advice on how to stay safe in the UK

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Surviving snakebites

There are almost 3,000 species of snakes on the planet – Here we look at the likelihood of being bitten, and what you should do if you are

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When flight = fright

From air sickness to DVT to anxiety, plane travel can cause a host of problems: check out these tips to help you fly healthy

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How to stay healthy after you've been travelling

You’ve been away, had a great time and returned home safely – or so you thought. But what is that weird rash? And why are your bowels rumbling? Our resident doc might have the answer

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Beware the beansprout: E coli FAQs

With Europe recently shaken by a fatal E coli outbreak, Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth looks at how worried you should be

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What's that on my skin?

Your skin is your largest organ – but it often gets neglected. Identify and treat the mystery marks that might appear when you're travelling with our guide

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Healthcare abroad: what you need to know

Communication problems, dodgy facilities, massive medical bills – it can be scary getting sick overseas. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth puts you at ease

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Health: the BIG countdown

Don't leave your travel-health preparations until the last minute. Follow these tips to ensure you have a safe trip

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Let's talk about sex: health advice for travellers

Today is World AIDS Day. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth looks at travellers’ sexual health – and what we can all do to guard against bringing home unwanted souvenirs

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Do we have malaria mastered?

At last, a malaria vaccine could be on the horizon. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth talks new developments, and how to stay safe in the meantime

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How to avoid travel accidents

More travellers die being hit by cars than from mosquito bites. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth looks at how to avoid accidents that frequently assail travellers

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Be prepared with first aid

Would you know what to do if a fellow traveller had a seizure or an asthma attack? Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth helps you help companions with specialist needs

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6 most common travel phobias – and how to tackle them

Don't let your fears stop you travelling – face them with this useful advice

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Healing herbs?

From coca leaves to tiger balm, natural remedies abound around the world – but do they work? Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth investigates

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Travel health: where the worst bugs hide

Germs lurking on door handles, bacteria in your bed… Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth arms you with a mind map of travel nasties – and helps you avoid the possible perils

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How to be wary of the world's dangerous animals

With 2.2 million deaths a year caused by animal-to-human transmitted diseases, you need to be wary of wildlife, says Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth

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Keep your eyes healthy while travelling

Travel can be tough on our eyes – and any problems relating to eyes cause huge concern. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth helps you tell mere irritations from vision-threatening dangers

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13 travel health resolutions for 2014

Here are the 13 pledges every traveller should make, reckons Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth

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Dealing with diabetes

Around 3.7 million Brits – and rising – now suffer from diabetes. But what does the disease mean for travellers? Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth offers some essential advice

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How to dodge tick-borne diseases

Feeding for days, surviving for years… as we approach peak tick season, Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth answers the key queries concerning these biters, so you can avoid them

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Big trip: health Q&A

From malaria to big hairy arachnids, there’s lots to think about when planning an extended bout of travelling – not least your health. Dr Jane answers the seven key questions...

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Buying medicines on your travels

Is it safe to buy medicines overseas? Is it cheaper? Are they hard to find? Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth helps you shop for first aid on the road...

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Staying safe in the sun

Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth answers the ten key questions about staying safe while you’re having fun in the sun

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Staying safe around wild animals

They are the nine animals that travellers most want to spot – but could an encounter with one of these creatures harm your health? Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth investigates

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13 travel medical mysteries

From recurring boils to worms that crawl over your eyeballs, the world is full of unusual and downright horrifying ailments. Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth introduces a few…

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How to prepare for old-world ills

Cholera, consumption, bubonic plague... While these ailments sound archaic, they still exist – and some are on the up, says Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth

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Yellow fever: know the facts

Without a yellow fever vaccination certificate, you'll be denied entry to some countries - but what is yellow fever, and what do you need to know about the vaccine?

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How to stop sea sickness

Nothing ruins a spectacular sea voyage like the onset of motion sickness – but these tips will help you combat the quease, whenever it strikes...

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10 biggest travel health expenses

Travel health costs can quickly mount up when you’re planning an exotic trip – but scrimp on essentials at your peril...

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The American nightmare: diseases and health dangers in the USA

Don't be lulled by the American dream – the USA actually has some rather nasty beasties lurking in its wild places...

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Health in emerging destinations

We all love exploring new destinations – but what are the health risks of more offbeat travel? Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth investigates

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Chikungunya: know the facts

Insect-spread disease chikungunya is on the rise – and has now made its way from Africa to the USA. But just how dangerous is this ‘new’ disease?

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What to do when you're bitten by an animal with rabies

Our resident travel doctor assesses a real-life case study of a rabies emergency – what went right, what went wrong and what you need to know if it happens to you...

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Lyme disease: what you need to know

Could you catch Lyme disease? Our resident doctor assesses a real-life case study, looking at what went right, what went wrong and what you need to know if it happens to you...

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South America travel health guide

This vast and varied continent seems to teem with nasty bugs and scary wildernesses – but what really are the biggest health risks? Our resident doctor investigates

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50 travel health tips

From sex and mosquitoes to air rage and clean water: 50 unmissable health tips to help you stay well on your next trip

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6 tips for travel health happiness

It’s certain most of us find happiness when we travel, here we look at how hitting the road can keep you both happy and healthy

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Giving something back

Being a responsible traveller means more than avoiding littering the countryside; a little knowledge and forethought can go a long way

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A good investment: travel healthcare

Travel healthcare is not the place to cut corners. Undertake research, forward plan and shop around: savings can be made without jeopardising your wellbeing

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The end of Delhi belly?

Could a new vaccine, known as Dukoral, end our Delhi belly troubles while we're travelling?

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New year's resolutions for travel

We all umm and arr about our New Year resolutions... Here we give you a selection of travel-themed ideas

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Where the wild things are

You're more likely to get struck by lightning than eaten by a lion or shark, but what if...? Here we offer you advice for surviving encounters with big beasts

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Travel health: Don't succumb to these old-world ills

Cholera, consumption, bubonic plague... While these ailments sound archaic, they still exist – and some are on the up, says Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth

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Travel vaccinations: which ones you really do need and how to cut the cost

Immunisations can now be a significant part of the cost of any trip, so it pays to know the risks you face and whether they’re worth the fees, says Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth.

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Health advice: How to plan for long term travel

Planning a long-term trip? Dr Jane's got you covered as we bring to you top tips on vaccines, dealing with illness overseas and dealing with personal health issues, to ensure you have a safe carefree trip

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Hiding in plain sight: The unexpected health risks that every traveller should know

Many of us fear snakes and spiders, but diseases and infections caught from larger animals pose great health risks. Our health expert shares her top tips for keeping safe.

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On top of the world – but feeling under the weather? How to overcome altitude sickness

Altitude sickness can affect the most seasoned of travellers but, as our resident travel doctor reveals, a few simple tweaks can have you back in high spirits

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Busted! 10 incorrect travel health myths solved

There's a huge amount of misinformation handed down on the travellers' grapevine – not to mention over the internet. Dr Jane unpicks the most troubling travel health myths...

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