Be prepared for traveller’s diarrhoea

Although traveller’s diarrhoea is rarely life threatening, it can strike at any time. Traveller’s diarrhoea usually resolves after 3-4 days, but not before it has disrupted your planned activities.

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1 in 5 travellers
will end up being
bedridden for a day

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More than a third will
have to alter their plans
because of diarrhoea

Traveller’s diarrhoea affects millions of people who travel each year. It can occur anywhere, but high-risk destinations are in Asia, as well as the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Central and South America.
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How to avoid traveller’s diarrhoea

The most common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea is by contact with food and water that may be contaminated with bacteria (particularly E.Coli), parasites and viruses. In about one-fifth to half of all cases of traveller’s diarrhoea, there’s no known cause – it’s thought that diarrhoea may be the body’s response to unfamiliar micro-organisms.


Take steps to avoid traveller’s diarrhoea:

  • Be careful in choosing food and drinks
    Eat only cooked, hot foods, avoiding food that is sitting out on a buffet. Wash any raw fruits and vegetables in clean water or peel them. Avoid ice in drinks and buy bottled water, preferably carbonated. Eat at reputable and clean restaurants.
  • Wash your hands
    Wash hands frequently with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom and before eating. Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you if soap and water is unavailable.
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How to treat traveller’s diarrhoea

  • Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking water (bottled sources, not tap water) or replace lost fluids and electrolytes with a specially formulated oral rehydration solution.
  • Try Gastro-Stop Plus, an anti-diarrhoea medicine. It shortens the duration of diarrhoea by up to 75%*, helping you get back to enjoying your holiday.
  • If symptoms persist or you have other symptoms such as a fever or notice blood in your stools, make sure you seek medical advice first before taking any anti-diarrhoea medications.

Be prepared and make sure you pack some oral rehydration sachets and Gastro-Stop or Gastro-Stop Plus for your next holiday.