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Many people may experience Diarrhoea whenever they travel to different places and this condition is called Traveler’s Diarrhoea. This condition causes a person to experience excreting loose or unformed stool within the first 24 hours of traveling and is usually accompanied with other symptoms such as fever, vomiting, the feeling of being nauseous, stomach pains and bloating.

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What is Traveller's Diarrhoea?

This condition is a common occurrence for travellers and internationally, 20 to 50% of travellers experience this. This significantly more frequent though in developing countries which can usually affect about 60% of travellers.

What Causes Traveler’s Diarrhoea

This medical condition occurs when a person is exposed to bacteria that his or he body is not used to. About 85% of Traveler’s Diarrhoea cases are caused by bacterial infection. Usually, the local population of an area is not affected by the bacteria because their bodies are naturally used to it. But for foreigners travelling there, they are more prone to getting sick due to exposure from it. The rest of the 15% of cases are due to parasites and other viruses and are not a common occurrence.

Some of the organisms that cause Traveler’s Diarrhoea may include various bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli. It may also be caused by viruses such as the Norovirus and parasites like Giardia. More often than not, these organisms are acquired by drinking contaminated beverages, ingesting contaminated food and even getting into direct contact with dirty utensils and hands.

Preventing Traveler’s Diarrhoea

There are multiple ways of preventing oneself from getting inflicted with Traveler’s Diarrhoea such as Ciprofloxacin. Here are some ways wherein one can lessen their chance of ingesting contaminated food or drinking contaminated beverages, thus preventing Traveler’s Diarrhoea from occurring.

  • Only drink water that is bottled, distilled and at the very least boiled. Never drink tap water or beverages that are prepared in a questionable manner.
  • Do not drink beverages with ice cubes that have not been prepared with distilled, boiled or bottled water.
  • If visiting countries with frequent power outages, it is recommended to stay away from eating locally prepared iced or frozen desserts.
  • Do not eat raw vegetables or fruits which have been pre-peeled and exposed.
  • Do not eat fruits or vegetables which have been washed with plain tap water.
  • Always be diligent with hygiene and wash hands before dining.

Standby Treatment is recommended for travelers who:

  • Has existing medical illnesses which could get worse if dehydration or Diarrhoea is experienced.
  • Go to remote places wherein help is not readily available.
  • Currently have IBS and other pre-existing bowel conditions.
  • Constantly experience Diarrhoea when traveling to foreign countries.

Standby treatment is recommended for certain travellers including:

  • Travellers who frequently experience diarrhoea when travelling abroad
  • Travellers with existing bowel conditions such as IBS
  • Travellers to remote destinations where medical help is not easily available
  • Travellers with existing medical conditions, which may be made worse by severe diarrhoea/dehydration

The Difference Between Azithromycin and Ciprofloxacin

For those who are travelling to a country within the South East or South Asian areas, Azithromycin is recommended to have on hand. This is due to the resistance to quinolone within those areas. For most of the other foreign destinations, Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic which will be efficient to treat Traveler’s Diarrhoea.

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