While Asia is a cultural destination widely loved due to culinary delights of the region, some have bad memories caused by the dreaded gastro bug also known as Bali belly. It is important to be aware of the traps people can fall into when travelling and eating in Asia.
Gastro may result in a mild form of the illness, causing an upset stomach and mild diarrhoea. However, it may be more severe, with nausea, vomiting, significant diarrhoea and high temperatures. Symptoms should only last a few days, but sometimes can persist for longer leading to dehydration, possibly requiring medical attention.
Now knowing what gastro is and its effects, here are some helpful tips to avoid the illness.
It might seem like common sense but one of the most important things is to wash your hands before eating to prevent getting an unwanted gastro bug. A good tip is to carry some hand sanitizer or wipes in your backpack or handbag. You will never regret it!
Pack some oral rehydration fluids or salts, which are available at most pharmacies. These fluids have a particular balance of electrolytes, which allow them to be more quickly absorbed than plain water or juices.
Talk to your doctor about anti-diarrheal medication and antibiotic therapy you may wish to take with you.
Taking probiotics during your travels would seem like a good idea, however to date there is not enough evident to support probiotics in the prevention of travellers’ diarrhoea.
So now you have equipped yourself with some good tips to help prevent gastro while travelling, you can confidently go out and discover, enjoy and explore Asia and all it has to offer.
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