Traveller’s Diarrhoea

Traveller’s Diarrhoea


Traveller’s diarrhoea is an infection contracted as a result of consuming contaminated food or water. The patient usually experiences nausea, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. Thankfully, it is not a serious condition. If you are travelling to high-risk areas, it is good to consult a doctor before-hand and take appropriate precautions.

Signs and symptoms

Travellers diarrhoea usually begins on a trip or shortly after. Most cases experience abrupt diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, vomiting and in some cases fever.

Causes and risk factors

Traveller’s diarrhoea is caused by eating or drinking something contaminated.


Traveller’s diarrhoea can cause dehydration. This is dangerous in children and older adults.


Typically traveller’s diarrhoea resolves on its own within 3-4 days, but if it does not, a visit to the doctor may be required. The doctor will need a detailed patient history (be sure to mention your recent travels), a physical exam and a panel of blood and stool tests to check for infections and dehydration.

Treatment and Surgical Interventions

Travellers diarrhoea usually resolves itself. The diarrhoea is usually not stopped medically as its purpose is to remove the infection from the body. In case of extreme dehydration though, the doctor may prescribe antimotility agents and an intravenous IV. If you have a bacterial or parasitic infection, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics or anti-parasitic drugs accordingly.


Traveller’s diarrhoea is an infection and hence can be prevented by taking appropriate measures to maintain hygiene. Avoid eating from unhygienic restaurants and carry clean water with you. Remember to wash your hands often, especially before a meal.


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