The international travel nightmare (aka Travelers Diarrhea) in recent news demonstrates how dangerous the sickness can be while on vacation. The digestive disorder that everyone dreads while traveling internationally is commonly contracted by eating contaminated food or drinking water that is otherwise compromised.
The symptoms may include multiple episodes of watery, non-bloody or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, fatigue, malaise and weakness. Often times travelers experiencing Travelers Diarrhea will find symptoms more than just loose stool and will include Flu-like symptoms or worse.
It important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and over-the-counter medication to help alleviate symptoms, as well as consider antibiotic treatment.
The center for disease control (https:wwwnc.Cdc.Gov/travel/page/t ravelers-diarrharea) and prevention offers a list of ideas for helping to prevent and treat travelers diarrhea.
1.Eat and drink safely by avoiding foods that have been sitting and
drinking water from faucets that are not approved clean. Depending on which country you’re in you you should do your research and stick to well-worn tourist areas when it comes to consuming your calories and drink.
2. Wash, wash, wash those hands and take showers to avoid contracting sickness.
3. If you get diarrhea, drink lots of fluids and ensure you are hydrated while you seek medical attention.
4. Medication may include antibiotics and over-the counter drugs (such as Imodium) that can help lessen symptoms.
• abdominal pain
• loss of appetite
Dr. Cherry Ostrager with her expertise and comprehensive approach to diagnosing, treating and management of travelers diarrhea will have you feeling better in no time.