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How To Avoid Falling Sick When You Travel

Original reporting by: | Adora Wong

Falling sick on a trip sucks — we not only lose the vigour we’d otherwise have for all the things we looked forward to seeing and doing, but sometimes also waste precious days recuperating in the hotel room. So how can we better care for our health when travelling? We got Dr Chester Lan, a resident physician at DTAP Clinic, to share some tips.

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1. Traveller’s diarrhoea



The prevalence of street food and less-than-satisfactory food handling practices in some of these places may present an increased risk of travellers’ diarrhoea. Symptoms may present as early as a few hours from exposure or a few days after and can include stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhoea, bloating, vomiting, fever and malaise.


It can be hard to avoid travellers’ diarrhoea but staying away from raw foods and salads, ice or ice cream, and tap water are some ways to decrease your risk.


If you do get these symptoms, you can try some over-the-counter anti-diarrhoea medications such as charcoal, or prescription medications such as loperamide for diarrhoea and buscopan for the cramps. If you have a fever, body aches or headaches, some antipyretic medications like paracetamol will help you feel better.


The most important thing about the treatment of diarrhoea is hydration. Oral rehydration salts work better than isotonic drinks in this aspect.

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