Traveler’s Diarrhea

Traveler’s Diarrhea

A traveler’s diarrhea is a digestive tract problem that generally causes abdominal cramps and loose stools. The leading cause of this condition is eating contaminated foods and also drinking unsafe water. Fortunately, it is not a severe problem, but it is unpleasant. When you visit an area where sanitary practices and climate are different from yours, you have at higher risk of developing this disorder.

Our myDoc Urgent Care Business can be effective in treating Traveler’ diarrhea; you can contact us at any time because we give urgent services to anyone who asks for our help.

Symptoms 

Traveler’s diarrhea typically starts instantly during your tour, and shortly after, you return to your place. In most cases, you can improve within 1 to 2 days without any medication and clear up completely within a week. 

 The most common symptoms of Traveler’s diarrhea include;

  • An immediate need to defecate
  • Abrupt onset of the passage of 4 or more loose stools per day
  • Nausea 
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps

Sometimes people feel;

  • Moderate to severe dehydration
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Severe pain in the abdomen or rectum

When to Visit Doctor

For Adults;

  • You become extensively dehydrated.
  • Severe abdominal or rectal pain
  • Bloody or black stools
  • Fever above 102 F
  • If diarrhea is persistent over two days

For Kids;

  • Persistent vomiting
  • Bloody stools or severe diarrhea
  • Signs of sleepy or unresponsive
  • Decreased volume of urine  
  • Fever of 102 F

Causes of Traveler’s Diarrhea

Traveler’s diarrhea may be due to the stress of traveling or even change in diet. But typically, disease-causing agents, including parasites, bacteria, and viruses, are to blame. You usually develop this problem after ingesting food and water unsafe or contaminated with organisms from feces.

Risk Factors 

Some individual groups have an increased risk of developing this problem;

  • Young adult tourists who have lack acquired immunity. They are more adventurous than older people and don’t avoid unhealthy foods during traveling. 
  • People who have a weakened immune system are at higher risk of developing a Traveler’s diarrhea.
  • Individuals with diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, or inflammatory bowel disease are also at danger.
  • Individuals who take antacid or acid blockers

Treatment of Traveler’s Diarrhea

Pepto-Bismol reduces diarrhea and minimizes the duration of illness. This medication is also very beneficial or effective in treating the Traveler’s diarrhea. But you must consult your doctor before taking any medicines. 

The most significant treatment needs the replacement of salts and fluids lost from diarrhea. Therefore, the use of oral rehydration salts (ORS) solution is best in this problem, and it is readily available in any departmental store.

Prevention of Traveler’s diarrhea 

Eat Carefully and Watch What You Eat 

  • The standard rule of traveling to any other place is this; boil it, peel it, cook it, or forget it. Still, you can face this problem even if you follow these rules.
  • Below are some tips that can be very beneficial of decreasing the risk of Traveler’s diarrhea;
  • Don’t eat foods from street vendors.
  • Don’t use unpasteurized milk and dairy items, including ice creams.
  • Avoid consuming raw or uncooked fish, meat, and shellfish.
  • Eat meals that are well cooked.
  • Stick to the vegetables or fruits that you can peel yourself like oranges, bananas, and avocados. Stay away from fruits and salads that you cannot peel like berries and grapes.

Avoid Drinking Water 

  • Don’t use unsterilized water from well, stream, or tap. If you have to use local water, then boil it for 3 minutes
  • Avoid the usage of locally made ice cubes and mixed fruit juices prepared with tap water
  • Avoid swimming in contaminated water
  • Utilize bottled water to brush your teeth
  • Must order hot beverages like tea or coffee and ensure they are steaming hot

How You Can Contact Us

You can contact myDoc Urgent Care if you want to get rid of the unpleasant feeling of the Traveler’s diarrhea.

Following are the details that you may require to contact us;

Business Name: myDoc Urgent Care

Address: 116-20 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY 11375

Contact No: (718) 401-1510

Email Address mydoc@healthpronyc.com