Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How to avoid travelers diarrhea

Travelers diarrhea, is a very common illness, that affect 20-50% of international traveler, traveling in developing country like, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. It is usually cause by ingesting or drinking contaminated water or food. 80% of the infection, are cause by bacteria, and the most common one, is E.Coli

The syptoms happen suddenly, and consist of frequent watery stool. But can also be associated with, abdominal cramping, nausea, bloating, fever and malaise. The syptoms usually goes by itself in one or  two days. If it goes longer, you have to be carefull to drink enough fluid, to avoid dehydratation.

But there is some precaution you can take before and during your vacation.
  • Take probiotic, one week before, and during all your vacation.
  • Avoid eating food from street vendors.
  • Drink water bottle.
  • Wash your hand frequently.
  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat or seafood.
  • Avoid eating raw fruits and vegetables, unless you peel them.
Related article: Probiotic: How to avoid antibiotic side effect.
Related article: Advice for food safety

No comments:

Post a Comment