Many enjoy traveling to exotic and adventurous places. Such destinations can be wonderful, yet even in faraway modern locations one often needs to deal with changes in lifestyle and unsatisfactory sanitary conditions that take their toll on the body. One constant source of anxiety is “diarrhea”, something that is sure to put an end to the fun of traveling.
Diarrhea refers to any time that we have more than three bowel movements per day, with those bowel movements being less solid than usual. In cases where there is a serious infection, there may even be blood passed during these bowel movements.
Other symptoms that you may encounter are a stomach ache, exhaustion, a fever and most importantly—as it is a symptom that could eventually lead to a loss of life—dehydration and a rapid loss of minerals. The problem of diarrhea should therefore never be overlooked or underestimated.
The E.coli bacteria is the most common cause of diarrhea, but also dysentery types of infections, parasitic infections and the rotavirus, which is more often found in young children than adults, can all cause diarrhea.
The aforementioned viruses and infections usually make their way into the stomach via food and drink, or from hands that have not been properly washed after a visit to the bathroom. When that person touches any food or drink, the germs on the hands can be transferred into the body.
Food preparation may be another cause of diarrhea. If food is not properly washed or cleaned, germs enter the body when the food is eaten. This type of transfer of germs usually leads to acute diarrhea.
Although diarrhea is not a big issue if you are only suffering from a small infection which is not dangerous, in cases where that virus or infection which has entered the body is serious, then it is possible that the sufferer could die from dehydration. Thus, the best thing to do is be prepared when traveling and get to know ways of avoiding diarrhea while on the road. This will mean that you can have fun and travel in a way that leaves a long-lasting impression for the good. However, if you do suffer from chronic diarrhea, an appointment with a doctor should be made as soon as possible in order to diagnose the causes of your condition.