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Travellers' Diarrhoea

Travellers’ diarrhoea is one of the most common symptoms associated with travel. It usually presents within 3-5 days of travel and can be resolved with rehydration and rest. Sometimes it can be quite severe and interrupts usual activities.

Medication can be taken to kill the bacteria responsible for diarrhoea. Start a consultation.

Causes

Travellers' diarrhoea is typically caused by poor sanitation, leading to contamination of food and water in developing countries, usually from bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella. It can also be caused by touching contaminated cups, plates, and cutlery. Proper sanitation is key to avoiding this, such as washing hands before and after eating and after using the toilet.

Treatments

Diarrhoea is usually self-limiting and can be managed with oral rehydration therapy and foods high in fibre. However, in cases such as travellers’ diarrhoea where it is generally caused by bacteria, antibiotics can help stop symptoms.

Speak to a member of our team to see if antibiotic treatment is suitable for you.

Symptoms

Typical symptoms of travellers’ diarrhoea include:

  • Vomiting
  • Loose, watery stools
  • Fever
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Urge to pass stool more frequently
  • Nausea

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