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.
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.
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.
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.
Standby treatment is recommended for certain travellers including:
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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|Ciprofloxacin 500mg||2 Courses (12 tablets)||£39.99|
|Azithromycin 500mg||1 Course (3 tablets)||£24.99|
|Azithromycin 500mg||2 Courses (6 tablets)||£39.99|