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Traveller's Diarrhoea Tablets & Medications

Traveller's Diarrhoea Tablets and Medications

Have a safe trip

Getting ill while on holiday can distressing .  If you are travelling to a country that has a high rate of illness or polluted water source, be sure to take precautions which are highlighted below as well as our recommended prescription based medication.  

Traveller's Diarrhoea Tablets and Medications

Have a safe trip

Getting ill while on holiday can distressing .  If you are travelling to a country that has a high rate of illness or polluted water source, be sure to take precautions which are highlighted below as well as our recommended prescription based medication.  

What is Traveller’s diarrhoea?

Traveller’s diarrhoea is a common problem experienced by travellers when staying in a foreign environment. This usually takes effect within the first or second week; it can be picked up from contaminated food or water within the foreign country caused by bacteria, parasites or viruses.  These usually include Salmonella, Giardia and norovirus. The risk of getting Traveller’s diarrhoea generally depends on the place of travel. Reports show that it predominantly affects people who travel to developing countries, it is said that it mostly affects people who travel to Latin America, Africa and Southern Asia.

 

What are the symptoms of Traveller’s diarrhoea?

The most obvious sign or symptoms for this condition is the actual diarrhoea itself, where you will experience loose stools when you are going to the toilet.  This can then lead to stomach or abdominal cramps, high temperature and vomiting.   In most cases symptoms will subside after a few days however extreme cases can last a lot longer cause severe dehydration.   You should seek medical advice if there is any sign of blood in your stool or if you are body temperature has risen dramatically.  Below is a list of some common symptoms associated with traveller’s diarrhoea. 

Symptoms include:

Loose bowel movements

• Cramps

• Fever

• Nausea

• Bloating

• Vomiting

 

What Causes Travellers’ diarrhoea?

Travellers’ diarrhoea is usually causes by eating food or drinking water which may contain certain germs or bacteria.  Bacteria such as Escherichia coli, salmonella are common causes of travellers’ diarrhoea.  Parasites have also been known to cause traveller’s diarrhoea; these can include parasites such as Giadria or Entamoeba histolytica. 

 

Which part of the world has a high rate of travellers’ diarrhoea?

People who are travelling from developed countries to third world countries or under countries will be more susceptible to being affected by traveller’s diarrhoea, this can mainly be due to the fact the body not adapting to the conditions of the particular country and its environment.  Some countries where hygiene is poor can also be a reason for contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.   Countries such as Africa, Asia, South America or parts of the Middle East are known areas where traveller’s diarrhoea will be prominent. 

 

How do I prevent getting Traveller’s diarrhoea?

The most important preventative measure would be to take precautions with food and water.

To avoid contamination, only have purified water. Water from a sealed lid bottle is usually safe.

Avoid ice cubes that have been frozen from local water.

Avoid eating leftover food.

Only eat vegetables that have been fully cooked.

Salads are usually washed with contaminated water so it would be recommended to avoid eating this.

Be careful with local cheeses and ice cream.

Personal hygiene is essential; always wash hands thoroughly before eating and use clean plates, cups and utensils.

 

What treatments are available for Travellers’ Diarrhoea?

If you feel that you may have contracted Traveller’s Diarrhoea there are some safe and easy steps to follow. 

Fluids – Try to take in as much fluid as possible, this will clear your system and avoid any instances of dehydration which can be causes by diarrhoea. 

Consume a normal amount of food – In the past it was advisable to consume little or no food at the time of diarrhoea; however research has now proved that eating small meals can help improve the digestive system.  It is recommended to avoid overly spiced or fatty foods at this time.

Medication – Here at Medicines2u we offer a comprehensive range of medications such as Azithromycin 500mg, Ciprofloxacin 500mg and Loperamide 2mg