Treatment of Travel Diarrhoea

Here we discuss the best treatments for travel diarrhoea and what to do if you thin you havea a serious case of Delhi Belly.

If despite the precautions you’re unlucky enough to pick up something nasty, follow these tips for travellers’ diarrhoea treatment:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid fizzy drinks
  • Stick to bland foods
  • Try an oral hydration sachet

Anti-motility agents (including loperamide, diphenoxylate and paregoric) are no longer recommended forms of travellers’ diarrhoea treatment. Although these medicines will “block you up”, research shows that they might actually increase the severity of your infection. This is because the diarrhoea is your body’s way of clearing out the bad bacteria from your gut.

Usually, travel diarrhoea symptoms will clear up within a couple of days. However, if you develop a temperature of over 38°C or find blood or mucus in your stool, then it’s recommended you contact a doctor. If you’re struggling to shift the infection, you may need to take antibiotics for a few days as a treatment of last-resort.

 

 

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