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Diarrhoea effects almost 80% of travellers so the chances of you spending a few painful days wishing you had more toilet paper are unfortunately inevitable.

There are ways of minimising the risk of diarrhoea but as you will discover even the most careful of travellers will fall foul.

Check out the following information on diarrhoea to help you understand a little more about why diarrhoea is so widespread and also top tips in getting your feet back on the ground and recover from diarrhoea as soon as you can.

What causes Diarrhoea?

There are lots of types of diarrhoea ranging from short, mild discomfort to severe bowel movements containing blood accompanied by fever and vomiting.

Here are the main causes of diarrhoea:

Mild Diarrhoea:

More serious Diarrhoea:

Even though you will not want to hear this, diarrhoea can basically be caused by eating someone else's diarrhoea. This can be through the following:

flies cause diarriea

How to avoid Diarrhoea

Knowing what causes diarrhoea should help you in trying to avoid it.

From this it should be clear how you can personally eliminate a number of diarrhoea risks:

How to avoid Diarrhoea

Even with careful thought though it is virtually impossible to completely avoid the risk of Diarrhoea as you can not monitor the hygiene of every restaurant you eat in and it is certainly not worth getting paranoid about.

Enjoy the local cuisine and do experiment with the amazing dishes available, just have these facts in the back of your head:

How to treat Diarrhoea

Firstly: Rest

The main side effect of diarrhoea is dehydration due to the loss of valuable salts and fluids. It is therefore vital that you stay rested and drink plenty of bottled water, preferrably with rehydration mixtures (speak to your pharmacist).

For all cases you should consider this advice:

If symtoms last for more than a couple of days or are severe, contact your nearest doctor or GP.

How long does Diarrhoea last?

It will depend on what type. The typical mild travellers diarrhoea lasts about 3-5 days.

Watery diarrhoea, which usually strikes within 3 days of arriving in a country, can last for about a week.

Other, more serious illnesses such as Giardia come on suddenly and explosively and can last between 2-6 weeks!

If you experience any of the following symptoms it is important that you contact a doctor:

What to eat when you have diarrhoea

Once you are feeling a little better you can start getting some strength back by eating the following foods.

Eat these foods as soon as possible:

Eat these foods when you are feeling better:

AVOID the following foods when you have diarrhoea:

Stay hydrated

...and remember to keep drinking water for a fast recovery from diorrhoea!