Dealing with Traveller’s Diarrhoea: Ensuring Your Visit to Landmarks, Not Toilets

Posted on Mar 11 2014 - 8:01am by David Fava

preparing your med kit before travelStudies have shown that 20-50% of travellers develop diarrhoea when they are out of their home countries. Traveller’s diarrhoea, or TD, is the most common ailment associated with travelling, and though it is often a mild illness, it could ruin your vacation and develop into something worse if left untreated.

The symptoms of TD include increasingly frequent trips to the toilet with loose, watery stool, vomiting, fever, cramping, and nausea.

Treating it

One of the first things you have to do when preparing for a vacation elsewhere is to visit a pharmacy in Wood Green, London or any other area you’re in to get some medicine. When you are on such a visit, bring some anti-diarrhoeal medication. A combination of antibiotic and antimotility agent is effective enough for most cases.

When you do suffer from TD, you have to drink plenty of fluids – avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and dairy products in the process – to prevent possible dehydration from frequent trips to the loo.

Preventing it

Regardless of your destination, your main concern should be to stop any incident of TD, as it could be a truly bothersome experience. The best way to prevent this is to avoid consuming any questionable food or beverage.

For drinks, guzzle only bottled water, carbonated beverages, hot coffee or tea. At the very least make sure that the water you are taking has been boiled or treated appropriately. Whether you are brushing your teeth or drinking a glass before bed, ensure the cleanliness of the water you are gulping down.

When it comes to food, your best bet is to avoid eating anything raw or undercooked. Salads are a dish you should be careful with as well. Make sure that you peel the fruits you eat yourself.

In some cases, travellers acquire TD from local dishes, and this is due to the lack of immunity to the pathogens present in it. Unlike the locals who are accustomed to eating a certain meal for a long time, travellers might need to adjust before being completely immune from the local cuisine.

Traveller’s diarrhoea can ruin your great vacation away from home, but there are ways to prevent and treat it. To make sure that you visit landmarks and not lavatories, take extra precautionary measures against diarrhoea.

Resources:

http://www.greenwoodspharmacy.co.uk/
http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/travellers-diarrhoea-pro
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1539099/