Traveller's Diarrhoea

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Holidays are always fun and exciting to look forward to. You would usually want to share your holiday snaps and stories when you are back from your travels, but there are some things you may not always plan, which is becoming unwell.

There are lots of things which can cause you to become unwell whist you’re travelling, particularly if you travel to an area of poor hygiene. Traveller’s diarrhoea is a common disorder which affects the digestive tract and can cause frequent loose bowels. Other symptoms can also include fever (high temperature), vomiting and abdominal cramps. This can be caused by eating foods and drinking water which may be contaminated with bacteria and other parasites and viruses. It can also be spread through contact with an infected person or if you touch a contaminated object.

Traveller’s diarrhoea usually occurs within 10 days of travelling to a contaminated area and can cause you to have three or more loose stools in a space of 24 hours. Symptoms can usually go away by themselves in a few days and are often not a cause for concern. You should always try and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids to avoid any dehydration.

Overall, traveller’s diarrhoea is not a pleasant experience and you may need additional treatment in the form of antibiotics to help you get better. We can offer antibiotics which specifically work within the gastrointestinal system. These can be taken if you develop traveller’s diarrhoea, or you may also want to consider taking a supply with you on your travels in case you develop symptoms whilst you are away.