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How much should I worry about traveler's diarrhea?
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends location
Travelers diarrhea (td), a bacterial diarrheal infection is common in some locations and not in others.
Td is common in countries where refrigeration and/or cooking fuel are in short supply. Check the cdc website and with your travel medicine specialist to determine risk at your destination. Learn to prevent it by washing your hands, eating cooked food served hot, and bottled or filtered water.

In brief: Depends location
Travelers diarrhea (td), a bacterial diarrheal infection is common in some locations and not in others.
Td is common in countries where refrigeration and/or cooking fuel are in short supply. Check the cdc website and with your travel medicine specialist to determine risk at your destination. Learn to prevent it by washing your hands, eating cooked food served hot, and bottled or filtered water.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine
In brief: Plan, don't worry
Travelers diarrhea is a common (~30-50%) ailment in those visiting destinations with poor infrastructure (and hence increased risk of fecally contaminated food & water).
The old adage "boil it, peel it, cook it, or forget it" only helps a little. Best is eat smart, and travel with self treatment (otc Imodium and rx antibiotic depending on destination: cipro, (ciprofloxacin) azithro, rifaximin) & hydration.

In brief: Plan, don't worry
Travelers diarrhea is a common (~30-50%) ailment in those visiting destinations with poor infrastructure (and hence increased risk of fecally contaminated food & water).
The old adage "boil it, peel it, cook it, or forget it" only helps a little. Best is eat smart, and travel with self treatment (otc Imodium and rx antibiotic depending on destination: cipro, (ciprofloxacin) azithro, rifaximin) & hydration.
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Thank
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