Traveller's diarrhoea (TD) is the most common cause of spoiled holidays and business trips. Bali Belly, The Mexican Two-Step, The Rangoon Runs… they're all amusing names for a very unpleasant, sometimes serious, condition typically caused by contaminated food and water. There are three types of traveller's diarrhoea and it is important to distinguish between them as each has a different cause and treatment.
If you don’t take anything else, take a gastro kit.
Travellers visiting high risk destinations should carry treatment for traveller's diarrhoea – even for short stays. Through years of experience, our team of travel health professionals have selected an essential range of products that can keep you safe and well on your travels. Our gastro kit contains prescription medication so we can only sell them once you have had a consultation with one of our doctors, so remember to discuss a gastro kit when you book your appointment.
If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, discuss TD treatment options with your travel doctor. If you have TD and are hungry, eat a little. There is no need to 'rest' your stomach. Try bland foods initially such as high-carbohydrate options including rice, pasta, biscuits, bread or potato. Avoid eating dairy, alcohol, fatty or spicy food while recovering.
If diarrhoea is severe, or lasts more than 48 hours in an adult or 24 hours in a child, seek medical advice.