A man holding his stomach, probably suffering from traveler's diarrhea

The most common cause of people getting traveler’s diarrhea is enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) bacteria from food and water supplies of a foreign country.

This problem is most common in developing countries. People in these countries drink their tap water without consequences, but someone who’s not used to it may get sick.

The bacteria that cause traveler’s diarrhea attach themselves to the lining of a person’s intestine and release a toxin that causes watery stool and abdominal cramps.

If left untreated, traveler’s diarrhea will usually go away on its own in four to five days, but it can leave you worn down and dehydrated. Treatment with antibiotics and loperamide can cure a traveler’s diarrhea within the first 24 hours.

All types of diarrhea are highly contagious. They are commonly spread from one person to another via dirty hands.
A person is contagious as long as they have diarrhea, sometimes even for days after it has passed, as bacteria and viruses that cause it may stay in the colon for days.

If you get traveler’s diarrhea, drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration. Oral rehydration solutions are available in almost every pharmacy across the world.

To prevent traveler’s diarrhea, avoid drinking tap water from foreign water supplies, avoid buying food on the streets, and avoid carrying any food item that can easily spoil. Don’t consume unwashed fruit or vegetables. Wash your hands whenever possible.

  1. August 31, 2018

    When we got home from vacation, my daughter got a diarrhea that lasted for 5 days, we never found out if it was a viral infection or traveler’s diarrhea. It was quite tiresome for her, more than 6-7 times she pooped every day, and got a diaper rash. I made it disappear fast luckily by using cotton gauze on her bum, over the nappies.

  2. September 4, 2018

    By experts opinion that drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration. Oral rehydration salt is widely available in stores and pharmacies in most countries as well. Take over-the-counter medications such as loperamide (Imodium) to manage symptoms. Consider taking an antibiotic if your doctor has prescribed you one. Thanks and have a good day!

  3. September 5, 2018

    Traveller’s diarrhea is very bad and if you’re suffering from it then avoid caffeine and dairy products, which may worsen symptoms or increase fluid loss. But keep drinking fluids. Drink canned fruit juices, weak tea, clear soup, decaffeinated soda or sports drinks to replace lost fluids and minerals. Take lots of fluids to prevent dehydration and you can also take over-the-counter medications such as loperamide to manage symptoms.

  4. September 17, 2018

    Traveller’s diarrhea is still quite unknown and it’s scary and bad to even think about getting it in those days that you go away to enjoy yourself. But someone has to get it, right?

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