What causes traveler's diarrhea?
The most common causes of traveler's diarrhea are bacteria, viruses and parasites.
Author: Karen McCloskey
First answered: 17 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Traveler's diarrhea is an acute (short-term) infection of your stomach and intestines. It primarily affects residents of industrialized regions travelling to sub-tropical regions and is the most common health issue for people travelling through developing …
The main symptom of traveler's diarrhea is diarrhea (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 …
Traveler's diarrhea 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 traveler's diarrhea, 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 traveler's diarrhea 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 traveler's diarrhea will clear up on their own, but some will need treatment.
Traveler's diarrhea is highly contagious and you must wash your hands thoroughly after visiting the bathroom.
In most cases traveler's diarrhea isn't serious, but it can be fatal to small children or vulnerable adults if they become seriously dehydrated.