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Diarrhea can upset your rhythm, especially when you are on vacation.

Diarrhea can upset your rhythm, especially when you are on vacation.

Causes of Travelers’ Diarrhea

The most common cause of travelers’ diarrhea is eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water, which can cause a bacterial infection. When you go abroad, you’re also exposed to new types of bacteria that you are not immune to and can affect your body. You can also experience diarrhea when abroad from eating unfamiliar rich and spicy foods, or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.

How to treat it

There are a few things you can do if you get diarrhea:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, or try an oral hydration sachet
  • Try not to drink fizzy drinks or eat rich or spicy foods
  • As your appetite increases, eat simple baked foods
  • Take an anti-diarrheal treatment like IMODIUM® to restore your digestive system to its natural rhythm
  • Contact a healthcare professional if your symptoms last longer than 48 hours, you develop a temperature of over 38°C or have blood or mucus in your stool

Preventing Travelers’ Diarrhea

Eating contaminated food and drinking contaminated water are the two most common causes of Travelers’ diarrhea. So here are some tips on how to avoid them.

Top tips to avoid drinking contaminated water:

  • Instead of using tap water to drink or to brush your teeth, use bottled water
  • Avoid drinks topped up with ice cubes because they are often made using local tap water
  • Drink beverages that come in a bottle or can when possible
  • If you go swimming, try not to swallow any water

Top tips to avoid eating contaminated food:

  • Try to make sure your food has been cooked properly
  • Don’t eat food that has been sitting out on tables
  • Wash your hands with soap before eating
  • Try to avoid raw foods that have been washed in tap water. For example, it’s better to choose a banana that you can peel yourself instead of an apple.
  • Try to avoid uncooked meats or seafood
  • Try to avoid eating food from street vendors