Traveller's Diarrhoea will affect up to 60% of individuals when visiting foreign countries. Therefore it is essential to ensure you have the proper precautions if you are affected. Traveller's Diarrhoea most commonly occurs in tropical, semi tropical or developing countries and is picked up through bacteria, viruses or parasites in food or water. Traveller's Diarrhoea is commonly defined by 3 or more loose stools within 24 hours, with at least one symptom of cramp, fever or vomiting. More often than not, symptoms of Traveller's Diarrhoea will pass after 1 or 2 days, however symptoms can last for up to 8 days. If you are still suffering symptoms after 8 days, you should consult a doctor or pharmacist.
It is important to ensure you reduce risks of picking up bacteria viruses when travelling, this can be done by washing hands with soap before eating and drying hands with a clean towel. Try to avoid local drinking water and avoid salads that has been washed in local drinking water. There is medication available to help treat bouts of Traveller's Diarrhoea, such as Xifaxanata tablets which helps to kill bacteria in the intestine that causes symptoms. For more information regarding Traveller's Diarrhoea, and how you can avoid it, please visit our Traveller's Diarrhoea information page.