Diarrhoea & Anti-Sickness
Do you know that over 58% of British travellers get to suffer from diarrhoea, with a greater risk coming from areas with poor sanitation and hygiene?
You don’t want diarrhoea to upset your rhythm while you are on holiday. Diarrhoea is the most common health condition suffered by British tourists when abroad. It makes the body lose so much fluid and salt making it difficult to quickly recover. On the other hand, it can lead to dehydration and severe dehydration can be fatal.
Signs and Symptoms
Although the majority of travellers' diarrhoea only last a short time, if left untreated it can lead to dehydration and other fatal consequences. Bacterial diarrhoea, would usually last 3–5 days, while viral diarrhoea symptoms would last for 2–3 days. Protozoal diarrhoea can persist for weeks to months if not treated. Infants, elderly people and the immunocompromised can have more severe effects from travellers' diarrhoea.
Emergency admission is necessary if there is persistent vomiting and you not capable to retain fluids, or if there are features of severe dehydration.
Causes of Travellers' Diarrhoea
- Consumption of contaminated food and/or water
- Diarrhoea is caused by bacterial infections
- Exposure to new types of bacteria
- Eating unfamiliar rich and spicy foods
- Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
How to treat it?
There are a few things you can do if you get diarrhoea.
Our Health Experts recommends the following treatments:
- Take an anti-diarrhoea treatment
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids
- Use oral hydration sachets
- Avoid drinking fizzy drinks
- Avoid eating rich and/or spicy foods
- Once you start feeling better start with eating simple baked foods
- Seek medical advice if your symptoms last longer than 48 hours
- Seek medical advice if you develop a temperature of over 38°C or
- Seek medical advice if you have blood or mucus in your stool
Come see us before you travel to get expert advice and an information pack to help you stay safe and sound from diarrhoea. Family packs and advice are also available.
Our pack includes:
- Medicines to help ease the symptoms of sickness
- Oral rehydration sachets to help you recover from dehydration
- Water purification tablets
- Probiotics – to help promote a healthy balance of friendly bacteria wherever you are.
How to Preventing Travellers' Diarrhoea
- Restrain from the consumption of contaminated food or water
- Always use water purification tablets before consuming or using tap water
- Instead of using tap water to drink or to brush your teeth, try using bottled water
- Avoid drinks topped up with ice cubes as they may have been made using tap water
- Try and always stick to bottled or canned beverages
- If you’re going swimming, try not to swallow any water
Here are our top tips to avoid eating contaminated food:
- Make sure your food has been cooked properly
- Don't leave food lying around on tables or sideboards
- Wash your hands with soap before and after eating
- Try to avoid raw foods washed in tap water including salads
- Try to avoid uncooked meats or seafood
- Try to avoid food from street vendors