Delhi Belly: How to Deal With Travel Diarrhea
If you ever travel to India or any other place where your stomach isn’t not used to food or hygiene conditions, be aware that you may feel the following symptoms. Malaise, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever, and bloating. If you ever go through something like this, you are doomed. Really. The first thing you need to know is that the Delhi Belly hits you any time during your travel. It starts unexpectedly and the pain felt is unforgettable. Its signs and symptoms may vary person to person. But it can cause immense hitch in the travel of an individual.
Traveler’s diarrhea can cause loose stools and abdominal cramps which can ruin your trip without you even realizing it.
You can get this disease simply by the intake of local food in that area. Causes are eating at local restaurants which do not surpass the standards of hygiene are possible causes. Eating food from street vendors is another reason. There are many reasons for this. Mainly it is because of the fact that your body is not accustomed to foods and spices like these. Another that the pathogenic organisms present have an effect on your WBCs (white blood cells). Since they are not accustomed to these organisms, they cannot fathom to protect you from them and you catch that disease.
The foods that can be the roots this distress can possibly be the following:
• Raw or undercooked meats
• Raw leafy vegetables
• Unpeeled fruits
• Unpasteurized dairy products
• Tap water (A common mistake travelers make is to avoid tap water but to place ice cubes in a beverage. Contaminated ice is still able to transmit disease. Do not use ice cubes.)
Symptoms of this disease
Once understood the reasons for the traveler’s disease is and what its reasons are, one needs to understand its symptoms as well. For a full understanding the mild and the severe symptoms are discussed. For the mild ones, a treatment at home can work. But for the harsh symptoms, a visit to the doctor is most necessary.
The mild signs and symptoms of traveler’s diarrhea include:
• Abrupt onset of passage of three or more loose stools a day
• An urgent need to defecate
• Abdominal cramps
Since children are at a very high risk for this disease, the parents need to keep a regular check up. Basis being a severe dehydration factor and the worst part is that it takes place in a very short time. A doctors needs to be contacted to when these severe symptoms are faced by the patient. These symptoms include the following:
• Persistent vomiting
• Bloody stools or severe diarrhea
• A fever of 102 F (39 C) or more
• Dry mouth or crying without tears
• Signs of being unusually sleepy, drowsy or unresponsive
• Decreased volume of urine, including fewer wet diapers in infants
Having scared you enough about this disease, here are the ways you can treat it if you catch it and prevent it if you have not.
The first thing you need to bear in mind is that you should avoid eating food from local vendors and from foreign origin. Raw and undercooked meat should be avoided to its maximum limit. A traveler should not even touch unpasteurized dairy products. Tap water should be prohibited. If you want to drink water, try to have an intake of bottled water and check carefully for its cap and seal. Bottled beverages can be taken as well.