Love traveling and street food? Tips to avoid Travelers' Diarrhea! By Vivian V Nguyen
For my foodie wanderlusters out there, do you love to travel? Do you enjoy trying new foods? Now a days, people are starting to book a plane ticket to a new country and indulging in their delicious street eats! The street food culture is widely practiced in many countries. Being able to immerse yourself in the local food culture and scenery is all part of traveling! Whether the food you are ready to eat is served at a night market, little random shops located on the side of the road, or a sit-in restaurant, it's good to keep a few things in mind to keep your tummy happy! Trust me, you’ll want to avoid being tied to the bathroom or inside your room all day because you’ve contracted travelers’ diarrhea! Let’s just say, it's better to be safe than sorry! Don’t you agree?!
WHAT IS TRAVELER'S DIARRHEA?
It's not something fun, I’ll tell you that much! Travelers’ diarrhea is caused by different pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa (Giddings, Stevens, & Leung, 2016). It is commonly contracted through bacteria in contaminated food and water, but also through poor sanitation practices or hygiene.
Sometimes it’s out of the travelers’ control, but taking precautions can help decrease the risk of getting travelers’ diarrhea!
Generally, countries are divided into 3 risk groups:
Photo Credit: Risk Areas for Traveler's Diarrhea by Travelmed.com
WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE BEEN ATTACKED?!
Photo credit: [Gut bacteria] from Creative Common Zero Public Domain.
OH NO! You’ve been hit with travelers’ diarrhea! It's unfortunate, I know the feeling all too well, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your trip! Below are treatments for you according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017) to help ease the process. You’ve got to get back out there to enjoy the rest of your travels right?
The treatments below are separated by the severity, so choose the treatment that best relates to how you’re feeling!
Mild diarrhea= tolerable, with a few diarrhea stools in a day, and not causing distress.
Moderate diarrhea= your body is in distress with more diarrhea stools in a day but not exceeding 10.
Severe diarrhea= unbearable, more than 10 watery stools within 24 hours.
VIVIAN'S BONUS TIPS:
Just remember to be cautious and use your best judgment!
Also, don’t forget to have fun and enjoy all the wonderful food traveling has to offer!
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