Abdomen Diseases General Diseases

Travelers Diarrhea Cause, Sign and Symptoms, Home Remedies

Affected Age Group More common in young adults

Travelers Diarrhea

Traveler’s diarrhea is the most common illness in travelers. It is a digestive tract disorder that commonly causes loose stools and abdominal cramps.

Destination is the most noteworthy hazard factor for building up traveler’s diarrhea. Similarly, Travelers’ diarrhea (TD) is the most unsurprising travel-related ailment. It is a gastrointestinal illness that occurs in travelers.

Traveler’s diarrhea happens inside 10 days of movement to a region with poor open cleanliness.

Traveler’s diarrhea occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. When you visit a spot where the atmosphere or sterile practices are not quite the same as yours at home, you have an expanded danger of building up explorer’s diarrhea. However, Food and water contaminated with fecal matter are the main sources of infection.

Diarrhea happens in countless individuals who travel to remote nations. TD is a clinical disorder that can result from an assortment of intestinal pathogens.

What Causes of Diarrhea?

Traveler’s diarrhea caused by drinking water or eating food that has bacteria, viruses, or parasites. However, Most traveler’s diarrhea is from bacteria. Viral causes of traveler’s diarrhea are Norwalk virus (noro virus), Rotavirus virus and Entero viruses.

The most widely recognized reason for traveler’s diarrhea is enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) microbes. These bacteria attach themselves to the lining of your intestine and release a toxin that causes diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

However, Food and water can be infected by people like not washing hands after using the bathroom, Storing food unsafely, Handling and preparing food unsafely and Not cleaning surfaces and utensils safely.

Bacterial causes of traveler’s diarrhea are Sub types of E coli, Shigella s species, Salmonella species, Campylobacter jejuni and Vibrio species.

Protozoa causing traveler’s diarrhea are Giardia duodenalis/lamblia/intestinal is, known as giardiasis, Entamoeba histolytica and Cryptosporidium parvum.

Certain items are considered high risk for transmission like Raw or undercooked meats, Raw leafy vegetables, Seafood, Unpeeled fruits, Unpasteurized dairy products,

Safe products to eat and drink are Bottled carbonated beverages, Hot coffee or tea and Water boiled or treated appropriately with chlorine. Eateries are regular destinations for introduction to this sort of food contamination. Food from street vendors is even more risky.

What is Sign and Symptoms of Traveler Diarrhea

Traveler’s diarrhea usually begins abruptly during your trip or shortly after you return home. The typical symptoms of traveler’s diarrhea include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Fever and blood in the stool.
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Painful bowel movements
  • an urgent need to defecate
  • Abrupt onset of passage of three or more loose stools a day
  • Explosive and painful gas
  • Abrupt onset of diarrhea
  • Malaise / weakness or discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Belching
  • Explosive and painful gas

What is at Risk Factors of Traveler Diarrhea?

Travelers’ diarrhea can occur anywhere, at home or abroad. You’re also at increased risk if you Take some kinds of ulcer medicine and have had some kinds of gastrointestinal surgery.

You are in danger for this condition on the off chance that you travel to a nation that has poor open sanitation and cleanliness. Poor hygiene in local restaurants is also a risk factor.

High-risk areas

Places that have the highest risk are Mexico, Africa, Asia, Central and South America (Latin America), The Middle East

Moderate-risk areas

Places that have the Medium risk are Caribbean islands, Southern Europe, Israel, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Argentina, Chile and some Caribbean islands.

Low-risk areas

Places that have the low risk are United States, Canada, Northern Europe, New Zealand, Australia and some Caribbean islands.

Your odds of getting traveler’s diarrhea are for the most part controlled by your destination.

In Addition, Foods to avoid in Travelers’ diarrhea

Fried and greasy foods are usually not well-tolerated in people who have diarrhea. You should also consider limiting high-fiber foods like bran as well as fruits and vegetables that can increase bloating.

Foods to avoid includes: broccoli, peas, alcohol, green leafy vegetables, artificial sweeteners, beans, milk, berries, cabbage, cauliflower, chickpeas, coffee, corn, ice cream and peppers.

Prevention and Do and Don’ts of  Travelers Diarrhea

Drink canned fruit juices, weak tea, clear soup, decaffeinated soda or sports drinks to replace lost fluids and minerals.

  • Wash food utensils, equipment, or surfaces
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Wash all foods before consumption
  • Drink bottled water when traveling
  • When traveling, consume dry foods and carbonated beverages
  • Drink only bottled water or beverages that include boiled water
  • Only eat fruits you have peeled yourself
  • Only eat foods that are well cooked and arrive hot
  • Wash your hands (or use alcohol-based gel) and Wash fruits and vegetables
  • Wash the surfaces of food or drink tins, cans, and bottles


  • Don’t eat foods such as Raw fruits, vegetables, or salad greens, Unpasteurized milk, cheese, ice cream, or yogurt, Raw meat, Shellfish, Any fish caught in tropical reefs rather than the open ocean, Condiments that are left on the table, such as ketchup, mustard, sauces, or dips
  • Avoid water and ice from the street and from lakes and rivers
  • Avoid consumption of raw poultry or eggs
  • Avoid shellfish from waters that are contaminated
  • Avoid eating moist foods at room temperature, such as sauces and buffet items.
  • Avoid eating food from street vendors.
  • Don’t drink tap water or use ice cubes in high-risk areas (for example, Latin America, Africa, South Asia).
  • Don’t eat uncooked vegetables, including salads.
  • Don’t eat under-cooked or raw meats, fish, or shellfish.
  • Don’t drink unpasteurized milk or other unpasteurized dairy products.

Home Remedies for Travelrs Diarrhea 

Drink canned fruit juices, weak tea, clear soup, decaffeinated soda or sports drinks to replace lost fluids and minerals.


Combine ¼ cup fresh orange juice and 2 cups of room-temperature water in a pitcher. Stir in ¼ teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of honey until dissolved. This drink replaces depleted water, salt, potassium, and sugar. The baking soda helps correct losses of alkaline fluid.

The least difficult, most relieving sustenance to consume right is those in the BRATT diet, frequently suggested by pediatricians: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast, and Tea. Consume foods that are fully cooked and served hot.

Other information

Traveler’s diarrhea is on a very basic level a sanitation disappointment, prompting bacterial defilement of nourishment and water.

Travelers’ diarrhea is characterized by most specialists as at least three unformed stools in a 24 hour time span, gone by an individual who is voyaging. To diminish your danger of traveler’s diarrhea, be cautious about what you eat and drink while voyaging.

Travelers are at higher hazard when going to destinations with poor principles of cleanliness and sanitation as well as eating at spots with poor nourishment dealing with practices. Lack of hydration brought about by diarrhea can cause genuine difficulties, including organ harm, stun or unconsciousness.