Travellers Diarrhoea


Diarrhoeal illness is one of the commonest ailments affecting travellers. It is important to note that differences in the mineral content of water found in many parts of the world as well as a change of diet can cause minor changes in bowel movements. This may not require treatment.


Causes & Treatment

Traveller’s diarrhoea can be avoided by sensibly avoiding ingestion of micro-organisms that commonly cause infection in humans – e coli being one of the most common. Ig you develop diarrhoea ORAL REHYDRATION is the mainstay of treatment. Drink clean safe water with added electrolytes (your travel clinic or doctor will supply these on request) or event cold diluted fruit juice (clear apple is best).


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Tips to avoid Travellers Diarrhoea

  • Do not drink water out of the tap unless you are absolutely sure that it is safe to do so.
  • If unsure, drink bottled water (bottled sparkling water is even safer!) or use water purification tablets.
  • Boiling water prior to ingestion is also a safe means of sterilisation.
  • Avoid ice, salads and fruit or vegetables that cannot be peeled.
  • Hot, well cooked meat, fish or vegetables are the safest options whilst travelling.
  • Speak to your travel clinic consultant about taking a course of suitable antibiotics with you on your journey.

Cook it, Peel it, Boil it or Leave it!!


Severe Diarrhoea

Severe diarrhoea that continues for more than 24 hours, severe abdominal cramps accompanying diarrhoea, or the passing of bloody stools usually requires medical treatment. Speak to your travel clinic consultant about taking a course of suitable antibiotics with you on your journey in case you develop traveller’s diarrhoea.



Seek Medical Treatment

Consider Taking Antibiotics

Travel Doctor

Dr Peta Lynn Jearey


Please consult the clinic for advice and medication, specifically tailored for your requirements.


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'At Risk' Age Groups

Babies, small children and the elderly can dehydrate rapidly so it may be prudent to seek medical advice sooner rather that later.


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