Traveler's Diarrhea Treatment
The treatment for traveler's diarrheas depends on the underlying cause. In most cases, traveler's diarrhea is a self-limited illness that resolves on its own. Those with heavy diarrhea (3 stools in the past 8 hours), persistent vomiting, fever, or blood in the stool may benefit from antibiotics. General treatment includes rest, plenty of liquids, antibiotics, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for fever.
Treatment for traveler's diarrhea may include:
- Oral rehydration therapy for older children and adults:
- Drink clear liquids only, such as water, sports drinks (best), fruit juice and dilute tea.
- Drink small quantities of fluids frequently, such as 2 tablespoons of fluid every 5 minutes.
- The absence of food allows the intestines to rest.
- Start with a clear liquid diet. You may be able to advance to full liquid diet once symptoms improve.
- Effective to treat mild to moderate dehydration
- Medications for nausea and vomiting:
- Medications for diarrhea:
- Antibiotics for bacterial gastroenteritis
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