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Traveler’s Diarrhea

By on July 4, 2012 in Health with 0 Comments


What is traveler’s diarrhea?

People have traveler’s diarrhea by eating food and drinking water containing germs. People may have this disease in areas of the world where drinking water is not clean.

People living in these areas often drink tap water containing these germs, thus causing diarrhea. This is because their bodies are not used to the germs. When people travel to a new place, they are more likely to get sick because they do not have protective antibodies (infection-fighting agents in the blood) that attack these germs.

How I can determine if I have traveler’s diarrhea?

You may have traveler’s diarrhea if you have at least 3 loose stools in 24 hours. You may also have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Blood in stool

How is traveler’s diarrhea treated?

Even if you do not treat traveler’s diarrhea, it usually disappear within 4 to 5 days. You should drink plenty of clear liquids to replace fluids lost by diarrhea. You may take medicine to treat traveler’s diarrhea to make you feel better and faster. It is also often treated with antibiotics. For antibiotics, you need a prescription from your doctor.

You can also take a medicine called loperamide. However, if you have bloody diarrhea should not take this medication without also taking an antibiotic.

Children, pregnant women, the elderly and others who get dehydrated easily should drink rehydration solutions. Rehydration solutions help replace the fluids lost when sick. You can buy packets of rehydration salts in camping tents, outdoor activities or pharmacies.

When should I call my doctor?

If your child has a fever over 102 ° F, is dehydrated, has blood in the stool or vomit several times, you should consult a doctor immediately.

If treatment of traveler’s diarrhea does not help to feel better, talk to your doctor.


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