Ah, summer, when thoughts turn to time off, beaches, margaritas and oyster shooters. But an ouchy sunburn, an unexpected food allergy or worse can turn your hard-earned vacation into a less than wonderful experience. But don’t worry, this is the 21st century. There’s health tech available to ensure your vacation goes off without a hitch.
Spending some time on the shore or by the pool? Aquatic Safety Concepts iSwimband wearables are worn on the wrist and come with a free companion app that will sound an alarm on your chosen device after being submerged for 20 seconds. Perfect for anyone who might not be the strongest swimmer on the boardwalk. And of course, this doesn’t replace your vigilant supervision.
Protect your skin from sunburn with wearable patches like these from L’Oréal. They’ll monitor the amount of UV you are absorbing and let you know when it’s time to get out of the sun. Sorry, kids, it looks like it might be time to head inside and take a nap!
Between the rum-based drinks and the sun, it’s easy to get dehydrated while vacationing. Make sure you’re getting all the H2O you need with the LVL, a hydration wristband that measures hydration, heart rate, and activity. It alerts you to how much fluid you need and what type of performance boost you can expect by using an infrared light to measure water. Or you could just make sure you have one of those handy-dandy reusable water bottles with you at all times.
Most vacations mean taking a break from the usual diet, as well. If you’re trying to stay gluten-free, the Nima gluten-sensor can tell you if your food contains gluten within a couple of minutes
If you’ve been stricken with a weird insect bite or unexplained rash, check out tele-dermatology services like FirstDerm, SkinMDnow, and iDoc24 which connect patients to a dermatologist online for consultation within a short period of time. Usually, people can load up their photos of the affected area on a specific platform, and the dermatologists give advice based on it.
And if the an emergency does happen, be prepared with the Welloh medical app that helps you locate an urgent care, pharmacy or hospital within 30 miles of wherever you are.