Definition Traveler's diarrhea is loose, watery stools. People can get traveler's diarrhea when they visit places where the water is not clean or the food is not handled safely. This can include third-world or developing countries in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. This article discusses what you should eat or drink if you have traveler's diarrhea. See also: Diarrhea Alternative Names Diet - traveler's diarrhea; Diarrhea - traveler's - diet Function Bacteria and other substances in the water and food can cause traveler's diarrhea. People living in these areas often don't get sick because their bodies are used to the bacteria. You can lower your risk for getting traveler's diarrhea by avoiding water, ice, and food that may be contaminated. The goal of the traveler's diarrhea diet is to make your symptoms better and prevent you from getting dehydrated .
Changes in bowel movements can be concerning, but how do you know when and if you need to seek help?
A change in bowel movements can be a difficult problem to figure out. Everybody's gastrointestinal tract functions differently. While most people move their bowels one to two times a day, some people go three to four times a day, while others only once or twice a week. A change in the number or consistency of stool should alert you to see your physician.
Depending on your age, and other associated symptoms, a gastrointestinal evaluation may be warranted. If there is associated weight loss, abdominal pain or bleeding, an urgent evaluation with your physician is imperative. If not, you can attempt to see if the diarrhea resolves on its own. Over the counter antidiarrheals such as immodium or kaopectate can be taken to try to stop the diarrhea. If you are experiencing pain, or bleeding, check with your physician prior to taking any medications to stop diarrhea. You might hav...
Having sex? On a regular or irregular basis? Know your partner's sexual history and health status? Are you really sure about that? Then you need to know as much as you can about STD s. Specifically, it's a really good idea to know what tests are available, in case you think you may have an STD. You'll want to get the results and if you do test positive, meaning presence of an STD, you can then find out if you need to be treated (if treatment is available) and if you need to let your partner(s) know so he (or she) can be treated as well. In some cases there is no treatment (HPV, herpes), and you may simply need to learn how not to spread the STD to others and how to minimize outbreaks..
Let's agree, that the only 100% effective way to avoid STD exposure, is to refrain from sex entirely. The next best option is to always use a condom, with the inderstanding that certain STDs like herpes, can live on skin around the vagina or penis, areas the con...
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