Prevention of Travel Diarrhoea

Learn the best methods of preventing travel diarrhoea and constipation. Understand the risks and how to reduce them.

The old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ is never more true that when it comes to travel diarrhoea. The risk of contracting this problem can be significantly reduced by following some simple steps including;

  • Not drinking the local tap water supply (or brushing your teeth with it) unless you’re sure it’s safe
  • Avoiding ice cubes and crushed ice in drinks
  • Not eating local dairy products unless you know they are pasteurised
  • Only eating hot, thoroughly cooked meat
  • Avoid uncooked foods such as salad
  • Be wary of eating seafood, even if it appears well cooked
  • Peel all fruit, including tomatoes
  • Avoid food exposed to flies
  • Wash all dishes and cutlery in clean, hot water
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before eating or handling food, and always after using the toilet
  • Follow the maxim COOK IT, PEEL IT or FORGET IT! 

As well as these basic measures it’s also important to make sure your body’s own natural defences are fighting fit.  Strengthen your first line of defence, the good bacteria in your gut before you go away. By doing so you will not only boost your immune system but also reduce the chance of the bad bacteria getting a hold.



Back to Health Concerns

Back to the top