Diarrhoea can upset your rhythm, especially when you are on holiday. Diarrhoea is the most common health condition suffered by British tourists when abroad. Depending on destination it can affect 20% to 60% of travellers, with a greater risk if you are visiting a hot country or areas with poor sanitation.

Causes of Travellers’ Diarrhoea

The most common cause of Travellers’ diarrhoea is consuming contaminated food water, causing a bacterial infection. Being exposed to new types of bacteria or even eating unfamiliar rich and spicy foods and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can affect your body causing diarrhoea.

How to treat it?

There are a few things you can do if you get diarrhoea. Health experts recommend the following:

  • Take an anti-diarrhoeal treatment
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, use oral hydration sachets
  • Avoid drinking fizzy drinks, or eating rich or spicy foods
  • Once you start feeling better start with eating simple baked foods
  • Seek medical advice if your symptoms last longer than 48 hours or if you
  • develop a temperature of over 38°C or have blood or mucus in your stool

We can provide you with a pack to help you protect you and your loved ones whilst you are abroad.
Our pack includes:

  • Medicines to help ease the symptoms of sickness
  • Oral rehydration sachets to help you recover from dehydration
  • Water purification tablets
  • Probiotics – to help promote a healthy balance of friendly bacteria wherever you are.

Preventing Travellers’ Diarrhoea

Consuming contaminated food or water are the two most common causes of Travellers’ diarrhoea. Here are some tips on how to avoid them.
Top tips to avoid drinking contaminated water:

  • Always use water purification tablets before consuming or using tap water
  • Instead of using tap water to drink or to brush your teeth, try using bottled water
  • Avoid drinks topped up with ice cubes as they may have been made using tap water
  • Try and always stick to bottled or canned beverages
  • If you’re going 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 leave food lying around on tables or sideboards
  • Wash your hands with soap before eating
  • Try to avoid raw foods washed in tap water including salads
  • Try to avoid uncooked meats or seafood
  • Try to avoid food from street vendors