Patient Comments: Travelers' Diarrhea - Treatments

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

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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