How common is traveller's diarrhoea?
Traveller's diarrhoea is very common, with an estimated 40 million cases worldwide every year.
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Traveller's diarrhoea is an acute (short-term) infection of your stomach and intestines. It primarily affects residents of industrialised regions travelling to sub-tropical regions and is the most common health issue for people travelling through developing …
The main symptom of traveller's diarrhoea is diarrhoea (no surprises there). It's usually explosive, urgent and watery. Between four to five episodes a day are normal. Stomach cramps, vomiting, slight fever, muscle aches and fatigue are also …
The most common causes of traveller's diarrhoea are bacteria, viruses and parasites.
Traveller's diarrhoea can affect anyone, but toddlers and young adults are most commonly affected.
Usually a physical examination and full medical history will be enough to diagnose traveller's diarrhoea, but sometimes further tests are required. These may be blood tests to check your blood count, electrolytes, liver function and antibodies, or a …
Most cases of traveller's diarrhoea resolve without any treatment except for self-care measures such as bed rest and oral rehydration drinks. Certain types of bacteria, parasites and viruses will require medications.
Most cases of traveller's diarrhoea will clear up on their own, but some will need treatment.
Traveller's diarrhoea is highly contagious and you must wash your hands thoroughly after visiting the bathroom.