drink the water. Thatís the advice you may have heard for
avoiding travelerís diarrhea. While itís a good start, the
devil is in the details.
are more nuances to it than just avoiding drinking the
water," says Dr. Cindy Kermott, a Mayo Clinic preventive
medicine physician. "Foods and drinks that come in
contact with water can put you at risk too."
travelerís diarrhea culprit could be ice cubes in your
drink. Kermott says ice cubes can carry the bug that creates
pain in your belly and a cramp in your vacation.
donít think about the water thatís in those ice
cubes," she says.
says another common way people develop travelerís diarrhea
is by eating raw, sliced fruits.
fruits are washed in water. You canít have those. You can
have fresh fruits, but you have to peel it yourself," she
addition to the fruits you peel, Kermott suggests eating only
well-cooked meals and drinking bottled water. Avoid salads and
raw, cut vegetables. If you must use tap water, boil it first.
more about preventing travelerís diarrhea.
do get travelerís diarrhea, avoid caffeine and dairy
products, which may worsen symptoms or increase fluid loss.
But keep drinking fluids.
diarrhea usually resolves itself without treatment. However,
itís a good idea to have doctor-approved medications with
you when you travel to high-risk areas, in case diarrhea