Patient Comments: Travelers' Diarrhea - Treatments

Question:

What kinds of treatment have helped you when stricken with travelers' diarrhea? What would you recommend packing? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: DelveInsight, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 29

Although there are various home remedies for travelers' diarrhea like ginger, lemon, etc., but besides that there are some approved therapies like Etvax, bismuth subsalicylate, Aemcolo/Relafalk, Xifaxan and many others.

Comment from: Gerry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

I’ve been taking Pepto-Bismol in Mexico and it made an almost immediate impact. Whilst it did not completely eliminate my symptoms of travelers' diarrhea, it enabled me to start eating again, and reduced toilet visits by about 50 percent.

Comment from: Sara, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

Treatment depends upon where you are when the diarrhea starts. If you have to travel then you have to take Imodium or Cipro, if you have it, so that you can move on. If you're already home, or if you are somewhere you can stay put for 3 or 4 days then the best thing is to let the diarrhea happen; don't try to stop it. After each trip to the bathroom try to drink as much water as you just lost. When I'm at home and know my tap water is safe I like to drink lukewarm instead of cold water because the lukewarm water doesn't cause as much cramping. I guess that caffeine isn't good but a little warm tea makes me feel better. Eat clear broth, Jello, tea. When you get so hungry you need something else move on to rice, bananas, applesauce, and plain toast.

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