Symptoms of Traveler's Diarrhea

The following features are indicative of Traveler's Diarrhea:
  • abrupt onset of passage of three or more loose stools a day
  • an urgent need to defecate
  • abdominal cramps
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • fever

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Common Causes of Traveler's Diarrhea

The following are the most common causes of Traveler's Diarrhea:
  • Escherichia coli bacteria
  • Salmonella bacteria
  • Shigella bacteria
  • Campylobacter jejuni bacteria
  • Aeromonas hydrophila bacteria
  • Giardia lamblia protozoan

Other Causes of Traveler's Diarrhea

The following are the less common causes of Traveler's Diarrhea:
  • Cryptosporidium cayetanensis protozoan
  • Cyclospora cayetanensis protozoan

Risk Factors for Traveler's Diarrhea

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Traveler's Diarrhea:
  • young adults
  • weak immune system
  • diabetes
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • cirrhosis of the liver
  • use of antacids
  • South Asian countries

Prevention of Traveler's Diarrhea

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Traveler's Diarrhea. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • maintain good hygiene
  • use only safe water for drinking and brushing teeth
  • avoid green salads
  • avoid use of ice
  • avoid eating raw fruits and vegetables
  • avoid unpasteurized milk and dairy products
  • avoid undercooked meat and seafood
  • don't consume food from street vendors

Occurrence of Traveler's Diarrhea

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Traveler's Diarrhea cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Traveler's Diarrhea can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Traveler's Diarrhea can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Traveler's Diarrhea

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Traveler's Diarrhea:
  • Stool test: To diagnose the presence of bacteria, parasite and blood in stool

Complications of Traveler's Diarrhea if untreated

Yes, Traveler's Diarrhea causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Traveler's Diarrhea is left untreated:
  • dehydration
  • organ damage
  • shock
  • coma

Self-care for Traveler's Diarrhea

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Traveler's Diarrhea:
  • avoid caffeine and dairy products
  • drink canned fruit juices, weak tea, clear soup, decaffeinated soda or sports drinks
  • intake oral rehydration salts (ORS) solution

Time for Treatment of Traveler's Diarrhea

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Traveler's Diarrhea to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Within 1 week

Is Traveler's Diarrhea Infectious?

Yes, Traveler's Diarrhea is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
  • through contaminated food
  • through contaminated water

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Traveler's Diarrhea.

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