Traveller’s Diarrhoea Instant Relief Package
Traveller’s diarrhoea is a general term applied to the common problem of diarrhoeal illness experienced by travellers, usually in the first week or two of a stay in a foreign environment.
Major Symptoms: would be the passage of 3 or more loose/watery stools in 24 hours.
It encompasses diarrhoea caused by numerous enteropathogens (bacteria, parasites and viruses) picked up from contaminated food and water in the new, foreign environment. Traveller’s Diarrhoea is commonly accompanied by abdominal cramps, urgency, nausea, bloating, vomiting, fever, and malaise.
So Which Country Are You Heading To?
High-risk areas: South and Southeast Asia, Central America, West and North Africa, South America, East Africa. (C. jejuni infection is more common in Southeast Asia, whereas E. coli is more common in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. Norovirus is common in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, and parasitic infection is more common in South and Southeast Asia.)
Episodes of TD usually begin abruptly, occur during travel or soon after returning home, and are generally self-limiting. The onset of TD is usually within the first week of travel, but can occur at any time during the visit and even after returning home.
It is estimated that 20-60% of travellers will be affected by traveller’s diarrhoea around the world. It particularly affects those who travel from industrialised countries to developing countries, especially tropical and semi-tropical destinations. The risk and aetiology are determined by the place of destination. The pathogen is often not determined but, where it is, the most common cause is one of a number of bacteria. Globally, enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli is the most common bacterial cause, with Campylobacter jejuni and Salmonella and Shigella species also often culprits. Rotaviruses and noroviruses are also common causes. Protozoa such as Giardia lamblia or Cyclospora spp. are more likely to cause persistent diarrhoea, lasting over two weeks.
Causes of Traveller Diarrhoea
The local drinking water in particular is an obvious source of risk in many places and should, therefore, be avoided where possible. Also TD is usually acquired by ingestion of faecally contaminated food or water, or both. Both cooked and uncooked foods may be implicated if they have been improperly handled.
Traveller Diarrhoea Age Factor
TD is slightly more common in young adults than in older people but attack rates are similar in men and women. It is possible for travellers to experience more than one episode of TD during a single trip but rarely is it life threatening.
Types of Traveller’s Diarrhoea
(1) as an acute, mostly watery diarrhea.
(2) as dysentery, a more serious illness with bloody diarrhea and fever.
(3) as a less acute, but persistent (chronic) diarrhea.
SYMPTOMS OF TRAVELERS’ DIARRHEA
The typical symptoms of traveler’s diarrhea include:
- Abrupt onset of diarrhea
- Nausea and vomiting
- Urgent need to have a bowel movement
- Malaise (weakness or discomfort)
- Explosive and painful gas
- Loss of appetite
Traveler’s diarrhea usually lasts from 3 to 7 days and is rarely life threatening. But spoils the travel journey.
No vaccines are available and none are expected to be available in the near future that are effective against TD.
Here is some practical advices to prevent Diarrhoea during your travels:
- Unless you are sure of the purity of the water supply, don’t drink it. This also applies to water used for ice-cubes and for cleaning teeth.
- Water from sealed lid bottles is usually safe, as are hot tea and coffee, fizzy drinks, beer and wine.
- Take care with local cheeses and ice cream. Boil unpasteurised milk before use.
- Cook meat thoroughly and eat while still hot. Avoid leftovers.
- Fish and shellfish may be hazardous even if well cooked. Take local advice, but avoid seafood if in doubt.
- Eat only cooked vegetables and avoid salads.
- Peel all fruit, including tomatoes. Avoid food exposed to flies.
This depends upon taking effective food and water precautions including water purification. Personal hygiene when eating and drinking is very important including hand washing prior to eating and using clean plates, cups and utensils. Hand washing after using the toilet is essential but may not always be available; carry alcohol rub and wipes for emergencies.
How Many Days You Should Expect To Deal With TD without Treatment
The average duration of diarrhoea is 3 or 7 days but about 10% of the cases persist longer than a week and approximately 15% of cases experience vomiting, and up to 10% have diarrhoea accompanied by fever or bloody stools, or both.
Self-Treatment of Traveler’s Diarrhea
The priority in treatment is preventing dehydration.
We provide a complete traveller’s package to take with consists of:
The Diarrhoea Pack is a comprehensive treatment pack that effectively relieves symptoms and shortens the duration of travellers’ diarrhoea. The pack consists of four products which work together to instantly relieve the symptoms of diarrhoea and rehydrate the body.
When you travel to different countries it is not only the food that may set off a bout of diarrhoea. Travellers’ diarrhoea is usually caused by bacteria which can be ingested by using cutlery, plates, bowls and serving dishes that have not become contaminated or food that has not been prepared properly.
IMODIUM®: contain an active ingredient called Loperamide, which works to slow your system to its normal pace. This allows the body to start absorbing fluids and salts as it should, restoring the consistency of stools.
Dioralyte Relief™: for the replacement of essential body water and salts in the treatment of acute diarrhoea.
Buccastem: blocks the dopamine receptors in the chemoreceptor trigger zone and stops vomiting.
Ciproxin: is a broad-spectrum antibiotic of the fluoroquinolone class. It is active against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.
If you are unlucky enough to suffer with diarrhoea & vomiting whilst on your holiday, remember to pack our Traveller’s Diarrhoea package which can help to keep you hydrated and relieve symptoms INSTANTLY!
When will I get my order?
Orders placed before 3pm Monday – Thursday will be dispatched on the same day. Orders placed on Friday will be dispatched on the following Monday. Orders placed over the weekend will be dispatched on the following Tuesday. Orders will arrive within 1 – 2 days after they are dispatched. That if in UK. If outside UK it might take 3-4 days.