What is Traveler’s Diarrhea?

Traveler’s Diarrhea is a pathological condition of the digestive tract in which the affected individual has continuous loose and watery stools along with vomiting and abdominal pain when the individual is traveling out of state or country. Traveler’s Diarrhea is often caused due to bacterial and viral infections which may be prevalent in the area the individual has gone to. The individual may contract Traveler’s Diarrhea due to the type of food that he or she eats in that place. Traveler’s Diarrhea may also be caused due to unhygienic conditions which may be prevailing in the place the individual has visited.

While Traveler’s Diarrhea may occur anywhere but it is most prevalent in the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and some countries of Africa where you may not get the best of sanitation and hygiene. The bacteria and virus may get inside your system through food which may be eaten at a roadside eatery or at a good restaurant.

The main bacterium responsible for causing Traveler’s Diarrhea is E. Coli. In majority of cases, Traveler’s Diarrhea will strike within a few days of arrival to the country or state but in some cases people have complained of Traveler’s Diarrhea after they have returned back home. Traveler’s Diarrhea usually lasts for a week but it may also take up to a month to completely resolve depending on the age and overall health of the individual. Traveler’s Diarrhea is not a condition to be worried about much but when suffering from this condition you must make sure that you keep yourself well hydrated as Traveler’s Diarrhea can cause severe dehydration and may drain the fluids inside the body. In this article, we will cover the various causes and some easy home remedies which can be practiced to get rid of Traveler’s Diarrhea.

What is Traveler’s Diarrhea?

What are Some of the Causes of Traveler’s Diarrhea?

Some are of the opinion that Traveler’s Diarrhea is mainly caused by the change in climate and weather when the body is trying to acclimatize to the new environment when an individual travels from one country to another but this is not the main cause as to why one suffers from Traveler’s Diarrhea. This condition is caused mainly due to the type of food that you eat when you are new to a country. Majority of cases of Traveler’s Diarrhea have been caused due to E. Coli bacteria which may be present in the food that you eat, drinking contaminated water, or using a dirty bathroom. Traveler’s Diarrhea mostly affects the kids and infants. The virus responsible for this is the Rota Virus. Some of the less common causes of Traveler’s Diarrhea are:

  • Excessive consumption of Vitamin C
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Using over the counter antacids having high content of magnesium
  • Using artificial sweeteners
  • Using excessive antibiotics.

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Traveler’s Diarrhea

There are quite a few simple home remedies to get rid of Traveler’s Diarrhea. These home remedies are:

Remain Hydrated: Traveler’s Diarrhea will most of the times make you dehydrated and sap away all the fluids that you have in your body. This makes it extremely vital for you to keep drinking water and add a pinch of salt in it to keep you well hydrated while the disease condition takes its course. You can also get powdered electrolytes in the pharmacy stores which can be mixed with water and taken so that you are adequately hydrated when suffering from Traveler’s Diarrhea.

Lemon Juice: This is also quite an effective home remedy to get rid of Traveler’s Diarrhea. Take a glass of clean water and add a few drops of lemon juice in it. Add some salt or sugar to the solution and then drink it. Lemon juice will not only keep you well hydrated but will also help in getting rid of Traveler’s Diarrhea.

Yogurt: Yogurt is also a very helpful home remedy to not only get rid of traveler’s diarrhea but it can also prevent one from getting infected with it. In fact, it is the best Home Remedy. Yogurt contains good bacteria which improves digestion when suffering from a condition like Traveler’s Diarrhea.

Pomegranate Juice: This is also quite an effective home remedy to get rid of traveler’s diarrhea. This juice contains astringent properties which tend to shrink the cell which is quite helpful in treating traveler’s diarrhea. Pomegranate Juice also helps keep the body hydrated when infected with traveler’s diarrhea.

Avoidance of Certain Foods: In order to keep Traveler’s Diarrhea at bay or to prevent it from getting worse, you need to avoid certain foods mainly red meat, cheese, fried foods, and sweets. You need to avoid foods that are difficult for the body to digest especially during a bout of Traveler’s Diarrhea.

Chamomile Tea: This is yet another effective home remedy to get rid of traveler’s diarrhea. This tea has some of the strongest antispasmodic properties and this facilitates speedy healing of the intestines and calms down the inflammation caused due to Traveler’s Diarrhea.

Starchy Foods: Eating foods rich in starch is yet another useful home remedy to get rid of traveler’s diarrhea. Eating rice and potatoes are not only easy to digest but also provide necessary energy that the body requires when dealing with a condition like Traveler’s Diarrhea.

In summary, when you are taking a trip abroad the first thing you need to make sure is that you research about the country on the Internet as to how that country is rated in terms of hygiene, food, and other factors like cleanliness and the like so that you are better prepared when you arrive there and will be able to cope up with conditions like Traveler’s Diarrhea.

Additionally, once you have arrived try to stick to a diet that is easy to digest and not indulge in local foods too soon at least until the time your body gets used to the climate and the conditions of that country. In case if you get Traveler’s Diarrhea, then the above simple home remedies are good enough to help you get rid of this annoying condition called Traveler’s Diarrhea.

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Last Modified On: August 20, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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