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Going to Hajj? These 9 Health Tips Are for You

Millions of pilgrims are already embarking on the life-time journey of hajj.

In order to avoid diseases and infections during hajj, pilgrims are supposed to abide by a variety of health tips and guidelines.

Below are some of the tips for pilgrims before embarking on the journey:

  1. Take necessary vaccines, especially people with chronic diseases and the elderly.

  2. Bring a sufficient amount of medicines, especially for diseases requiring taking drugs on a regular basis, such as  heart  and  hypertension  patients,  kidney  patients,  asthma,  diabetics,  and  respiratory  patients.

  3. Bring a sufficient quantity of clothes, in order to change into fresh clothes regularly. Loose, light colored clothes are also recommended.

  4. Hold a detailed  medical  report  on  any  pre-existing  illnesses,  and  about  any  prescribed  medication,  which  helps  follow  up  medical  condition  whenever  necessary.

  5. Maintain your personal  hygiene  equipment,  such  as  a  towel,  shaving  tools,  soap,  toothbrush  and  toothpaste, creams, and moisturizing ointments in ample quantities, and an umbrella is also recommended when necessary.

  6. Keep a supply of necessary disinfectants, antipyretics, and painkillers.

  7. Bring a glucose meter for diabetics.

  8. While sitting for a long time on the plane or bus, it is advisable to walk or stand for a short while every one or two hours, and regularly moving one’s feet while sitting, which helps preventing swollen feet.

  9. Have a medical checkup before coming to make sure of your ability to perform Hajj.

Going to Hajj? These 9 Health Tips Are for You - About Islam

Muslims from around the world pour to Makkah every year to perform Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.

Hajj consists of several ceremonies, which are meant to symbolize the essential concepts of the Islamic faith, and to commemorate the trials of Prophet Abraham and his family.

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Every able-bodied adult Muslim who can financially afford the trip must perform Hajj at least once in a lifetime.