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Traveler's Diarrhea (cont.)

Traveler's Diarrhea Prognosis

Although it can ruin a vacation, traveler's diarrhea rarely requires hospitalization and usually is not life-threatening unless severe dehydration develops.

  • Untreated, the diarrhea typically lasts three to five days.
  • Twenty percent of people have symptoms severe enough to keep them in bed.
  • In 10% of people, the illness will last more than a week.
  • Traveler's diarrhea is not life-threatening to an otherwise healthy person. In the very young, very old, and people with weakened immune systems, it can be dangerous.
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