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Travellers' Diarrhoea

Symptoms and prevention tips for travellers diarrhoea

Travellers’ diarrhoea is one of the most common travel illnesses, affecting roughly 20% to 60% of people who travel abroad. It’s mainly caused by bacteria, and sufferers usually experience symptoms such as regular unformed bowel movements, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, bloating and fever for between three to five days. Although travellers’ diarrhoea isn’t serious, it can cause dehydration, which can be dangerous.

The HealthExpress Travellers’ Diarrhoea Pack contains everything that is needed to help provide immediate relief from symptoms, reduce the risk of dehydration and also reduce the amount of time you are ill. We provide free overnight delivery on all our treatments and we also provide a free consultation service before you order, to make sure that you are safe to take all the medications in the travellers’ pack.

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What is travellers’ diarrhoea?

Most people tend to get travellers’ diarrhoea during the first couple of weeks they are in a foreign country, but there are also cases where people become ill after they return from their holiday. A person with diarrhoea will usually experience watery stools more than three times a day for a period of three to five days.

Poor hygiene standards in the country you are visiting are one of the main causes of travellers’ diarrhoea and most people will get it because of faecal bacteria in food. However, sometimes you may become ill because you are just not used to the different bacteria in your new environment.

More than 80% of cases are caused by bacteria, but viruses and parasites can also be a cause. Roughly four out of 10 cases is caused by the Escherichia coli (e-coli) bacteria, which is found in undercooked meat, unpasteurised milk or faecal matter.

What are the symptoms of travellers’ diarrhoea?

The most common symptoms experienced by sufferers include three or more loose stools a day, abdominal pain, fever, cramps, bloating and nausea and/or vomiting. These symptoms usually go away after three to five days, but can make you feel quite uncomfortable for the duration of your illness. If the travellers’ diarrhoea was caused by something other than bacteria, you could feel ill for up to a month, but this is very rare. This illness doesn’t tend to cause any long term damage to your health, but can result in dehydration due to the loss of natural salts and minerals, especially in countries where it’s hot or humid.

In what parts of the world are high risk areas for travellers’ diarrhoea?

You are more likely to get travellers’ diarrhoea in some countries, due to a lower hygiene conditions or poor sewerage service. Parts of the world where you are at a high risk of developing this illness include:

  • Asia
  • Middle East
  • Africa
  • Mexico
  • Central and South America

Places like Russia, Eastern Europe, Southern Africa and parts of the Caribbean also carry a risk of travellers’ diarrhoea, although it’s slightly less pronounced.

How can I prevent travellers’ diarrhoea?

There are no vaccinations against travellers’ diarrhoea, but there are many precautions you can take that can help you prevent the onset of illness. You can speak to your doctor before you leave about probiotic treatments to help your internal flora adjust better to the bacteria in your destination. There are also preventative antibiotics available to stop you from getting diarrhoea.

If you are travelling to a high risk destination, try not to drink any water if you have any doubts about how clean it is this; including ice-cubes and the water you use for cleaning your teeth. However, this does not mean that you should not drink any water, especially if you are going to a hot country, just make sure you drink water that you can see has been sealed. Drinks like coffee, tea, beer, wine and carbonated drinks are also safe to drink.

Make sure that you only eat food that has been properly cooked and that hasn’t been exposed to flies; this isn’t just applicable to meat, but also vegetables and fruit. Try to avoid seafood as well, even if it’s thoroughly cooked. Otherwise, speak to the locals about the safest places to eat and always make sure you wash your hands after you’ve been to the toilet.

What travellers’ diarrhoea treatments are there?

Hydration - Making sure you keep yourself hydrated is very important, as this is what can make travellers’ diarrhoea dangerous. Drinking water and taking supplements to restore your body’s electrolyte balance can help you avoid dehydration and help you recover more effectively.

Antibiotics – If the cause of the diarrhoea is bacterial, a short course of antibiotics can help reduce recovery time by a day or two. The antibiotics will usually work by preventing the bacteria from spreading so that your immune system can fight back more effectively.

Symptomatic relief – Imodium and Pepto-Bismol are both treatments that slow down bowel movements. This takes away discomfort, especially if you can’t go to the bathroom when you are in transit. Slower bowel movement also allows your digestive system more time to absorb more moisture and nutrients. Treatments like Buccastem help provide immediate relief from nausea.

Travellers’ Diarrhoea Packs

Being ill on a holiday abroad is the last thing you want, this is why has compiled a Travellers’ Diarrhoea Pack. The pack contains an antibiotic treatment (Ciproxin), oral hydration aids (Dioralyte) and Imodium and Buccastem, providing you all you should need if you were to become ill while you are away.

Hilary Jones

"Travellers' diarrhoea is extremely common, but you can limit the risk of travel discomfort and dehydration with the combination of treatments in the Travellers' Diarrhoea Pack."

Dr Hilary Jones

HealthExpress Medical Advisor

Finding treatment

Being ill is the last thing you want on your holiday. This is why HealthExpress offer the convenient Diarrhoea Travel Pack, so that you can be prepared. The pack contains an anti-biotic treatment (Ciproxin), oral hydration aids (Dioralyte) and Imodium and Buccastem to provide symptomatic relief in cases where you are significantly uncomfortable.

Obtaining treatment from us could not be easier and will take minutes.

Step 1 - Simply complete our online consultation which will be reviewed by one of our registered UK doctors.

Step 2 - They will be able to recommend a range of beneficial treatments. You will receive a diagnosis in a secure email.

Step 3 - If deemed suitable, you will have the access to login, directly to your personalised member's area, from where you will be able to place your order and receive it the next working day.

How can I buy traveller’s diarrhoea treatments online?

You can order the Travellers’ Diarrhoea Pack safely from We provide a completely free and confidential consultation service before you place your order, so that we can help you make sure that all the treatments are safe for you to use. Your consultation will be checked by one of our doctors who will provide a prescription if you can safely use all the medications, should you need it on your holiday. The prescription will be passed on to our pharmacy where your medication will be dispensed by a registered pharmacist via our overnight courier service.

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