One thing that no one wants to pack with them on a vacation is sickness. Traveler’s tummy, Delhi-belly, traveler’s trot, or simply traveler’s diarrhoea, is the worst thing that can happen to you while travelling, if you are optimistic enough. It’s probably the most unpleasant complaint of a traveller and unfortunately, the most common too. let’s face it – it’s no fun as symptoms include stomach cramps, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhoea. Improper management of this ailment can also lead to dehydration.
The common causes of traveler’s diarrhoea include unsafe water, improper hygiene, inadequate sanitation, changes in diet, dehydration, changes in climate, traveler’s stress, lack of sleep, etc.
There are a few ways that you can prevent this unpleasant experience from ever happening.
Consume food items that are fully cooked and served hot.
Bottled water are preferable and, and avoid sealed containers of carbonated drinks that may be dirty and contaminated.
Eat fruits and vegetables after washing them thoroughly and peeling them properly. Wash your hands properly before and after your meal.
Also ensure to clean your hands properly after using the restrooms as well as a liberal use hand sanitisers.
Stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and physical discomfort can severely restrict your travel plans so do not overlook the early symptoms of traveler’s diarrhoea. In worse cases, you might be required to seek medical attention.
Be prepared for traveler’s diarrhoea especially if you have a chronic illness. Make sure you have access to plenty of clean drinking water while on the trip. Carry oral rehydration solutions and salts with you at all times. Your travel medical kit should always contain antimotility medications such as Pepto Bismol, etc.
The symptoms of traveler’s diarrhoea are noticeable on the first day itself. Treating it, on the other hand, might not be a day’s work. Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks or alcohol. Ensure to keep yourself hydrated with clean drinking water- preferably bottled water and use oral rehydration solutions. Antimotility drugs or in worse cases, antibiotics can be prescribed by doctors to manage diarrhea and vomiting.
Do not hesitate to seek medical help if the diarrhoea doesn’t get resolved in a day or two. If it is accompanied by fever, blood or mucus in the stool, or an inability to keep down light foods or liquids, seek immediate medical attention. Persistent diarrhoea for more than 48 hours can become critical and difficult to manage.
These are just some simple tips and tricks that most people tend to overlook. Before you set off on a great trip, remember to think about your health and be prepared for any eventuality that you can envision. Being prepared can assist you in enjoying your trip with peace of mind.