Having a bad case of diarrhea is a horrible feeling. It makes you feel uncomfortable and constantly needing to go to the toilet. It disrupts your working day and ruins the activity you are currently involved in. And when you finally do get to the toilet and release the pressure, relief can be followed by pain. Many people see it as a humorous affliction, especially kids, and it’s good not to take life so seriously but don’t tell that to someone who has stomach cramps caused by diarrhea. Ok, enough of the symptoms, what can you do about it?
The best way to stop yourself from getting diarrhea is the same way you stop yourself getting any illness; prevention. Prevention is the basis of Chinese medicine for travel vaccinations at Bali, which has been around for thousands of years, long before Western medicine came along. Prevention is much easier said than done but you can take some simple precautions. For one, remember to boil drinking water before actually drinking it. Leave it to cool if you prefer cold water. Or drink hot tea if you don’t enjoy the bland taste of water. By taking small steps such as these, you do not need to go to the trouble of taking medicine, which may have other side effects depending on the strength and type of medicine and your own body’s reaction to it.
Take extra care when giving diarrhea medicine to young children as they may have allergies that you do not know about yet plus the strength of the medicine could be too harsh on their not yet fully developed stomachs. Opt for medicine specifically designed for children rather than give them a smaller dose of adult strength pills or liquids. If in doubt, seek the advice of a medical professional. Note that does not mean looking it up on the internet.
Now picture having diarrhea on holiday because you ate something your body is not prepared for or you are visiting a country for travel vaccinations in Africa where even the locals do not dare drink water from the tap. Running around a foreign country with your face flustered and feeling frightened that you won’t make it to the bathroom in time isn’t fun. I’m sure you will agree that it would be a miserable experience to what should be a fun vacation. The solution to this unwelcome sickness is by buying diarrhea medicine for travellers before you fly. Of course, you shouldn’t take it before you actually get diarrhea and thinking that if you take it then you are immune like a vaccine against malaria. It doesn’t work that way. Always follow the instructions on the packet. This is also a benefit of buying it before you go because if you are flying to a country where English is not the first language then you will have difficulty reading the medicine instructions.