Don’t let Travellers Diarrhoea ruin your holiday
Your gut health can be seriously affected if you suffer from Travellers Diarrhoea (TD) when you are on holiday and a bout of TD can affect your gut for months or even years after returning. So, here are some tips to help you avoid getting TD.
Am I risk of getting Travellers Diarrhoea?
People can get TD when they visit places where the water is not clean, food is not handled safely and there’s generally a poor state of hygiene. It can occur anywhere, but the highest-risk destinations are in most of Asia (except for Japan) as well as the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Central and South America.
Get your gut ready before you travel!
Having an increased balance of good gut bacteria can help prevent TD.
Start taking Bimuno TRAVELAID pastilles 7 days before you travel and keep taking throughout your journey. If you already take Bimuno DAILY simply keep taking & continue taking either Bimuno DAILY sachets or Bimuno TRAVELAID pastilles (you don’t need both!) whilst you are travelling.
Whilst you are travelling ensure you:
- Only consume foods that are fully cooked and served hot
- Eat raw fruits and vegetables only if you have washed them carefully in clean water or peeled them
- Drink beverages from sealed bottles/containers
- Avoid ice unless you know that it was made from clean water
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, use hand sanitizer if this is not available
- Keep dirty hands away from your mouth
- Drink plenty of clean water every day
Symptoms of Travellers Diarrhoea
- Stomach cramps, bloating & pain
- A high temperature of 38C or above
- Feeling generally unwell – such as feeling tired or having aches and chills
- The increased urgency to pass stools, associated with increased frequency and the amount of stool
- It may also be associated with nausea and vomiting
Treating Travellers Diarrhoea¹
- Most importantly have plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration
- Get plenty of rest
- Eat when you feel able to, you don’t need to have or avoid any specific foods
- Take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you’re in discomfort – always read the label/leaflet
When to seek medical help (adults)¹
- If you keep vomiting and are unable to keep fluid down
- Have diarrhoea for more than 7 days or vomiting for more than 2 days
- Are still dehydrated despite using oral rehydration sachets
- Have bloody diarrhoea or bleeding from your bottom
- Have green or yellow vomit
Finally, make sure that you have your medical insurance details to hand and a contact number to call someone if you need medical assistance or treatment.