Travel Diarrhea affects more than 10 million people every year worldwide. Previously, it was mostly reported by tourists going to regions of the Middle East, Asia and Africa, but today it is also more frequent for travellers traveling to different countries.
Travel diarrhea is actually a gastrointestinal disease that is related to changing the local environment. It is due to changes in water and new foods, even when they are healthy. This is explained by the fact that local food and water can contain permitted amounts of microorganisms commonly found in the area, to which the local population is resilient, but can create many problems for tourists.
What Causes of Travel Diarrhea?
Bacteria, viruses or parasites may be causative agents.
Of the bacteria, the most common challenger is Escherichia coli. Although most Escherichia strains are harmless and normally live in our intestines, there are strains that can cause inflammation of the intestines and stomach. Other bacteria that cause passenger diarrhea are staphylococci, Shigella and Salmonella, and the Norvalk virus.
Travel diarrhea is accompanied by nausea, nausea, cramps, and watery stools, and occurs in 20-50% of travelers.
When does passenger diarrhea usually occur?
Usually occurs during the first day of the journey, but diarrhea can occur at any time during the journey, even up to a month after returning.
Who is at risk of getting sick with diarrhea?
Both men and women are equally at risk from getting diarrhea. People with disorders of the immune system, people with diabetes and other chronic diseases, people with abdominal disorders and, above all, children who are at greater risk of getting diarrhea compared to adults.
How to Prevent Traveler Diarrhea?
Preventive use of probiotic preparations is always recommended. Thanks to its optimum composition, Probiotics EnteroBiTiK protects the intestinal flora threefoldly. In order to prevent the occurrence of travel diarrhea, preventive taking of 1 capsule is recommended daily 5 days before the journey and during the entire journey.
In addition, during the trip, the appropriate hygienic-diet regimen is also advised:
- Pay special attention to everything you eat, because food is the main source of infection.
- Do not eat the food that was standing at room temperature.
- Do not eat fruit and vegetables if you have not washed it well.
- Avoid milk products, mussels, filets and various sauces.
- On holiday, only consumed bottled water and juices, and hot tea and coffee are safe.
- Often wash your hands with soap and clean water, both yourself and children, especially before meals.
In the case of diarrhea, a very important measure is rehydration, ie compensation for lost fluid. Compensation may be parenteral, or oral, depending on the degree of disorder.
Traveling diarrhea is, in the vast majority of cases, a mild and boring illness. Rarely develops diarrhea with 3 or more stools within 8 hours, accompanied by nausea, vomiting, cramps, elevated temperature, or occurrence of blood in the stool. It is then advisable to consult a physician for the possible introduction of antibiotic therapy.
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