With an estimated 20-60% of travellers affected by travellers diarrhoea, it is important to ensure you take precautions and be prepared if you are one of those affected. Most commonly occuring in travellers that visit tropical, semi tropical or developing countries, travellers diarrhoea is picked up by bacteria, viruses or parasites in food or water, and is defined by 3 or more loose stools within 24 hours, with at least one symptom of cramps, fever or vomiting. Most common symptoms of travellers diarrhoea will pass after 1-2 days, but may last upto 8 days. If symptoms last longer than 8 days, it is advisable to consult your doctor.
When travelling, most stomach infections can be avoided by taking precautions, such as washing hands with soap before eating & drying hands with a clean towel, avoid local drinking water, avoid salads washed in local drinking water and eat fresh food when available. Medication such as Xifaxanta tablets are available to help treat travellers diarrhoea in adults over 18 years. Xifaxanta tablets work by killing any bacteria in the intestine that causes travellers diarrhoea. For more information on travellers diarrhoea and what you can do to help reduce the risks, visit our Traveller's Diarrhoea information page.