Traveler's Diarrhea (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care for Traveler's Diarrhea
When to call the doctor
When to go to the hospital
Traveler's Diarrhea Diagnosis
Diagnosis of traveler's diarrhea is made solely on the signs and symptoms. Laboratory testing is not necessary in most instances. If signs and symptoms last longer than a week or bloody diarrhea occurs, the doctor may order stool cultures for microscopic examination for parasites.
Traveler's Diarrhea Self-Care at Home
Drink 2-3 quarts of fluid per day. In the first 24 hours the best fluids to drink are bottled fruit juices and beverages, caffeine-free soft drinks, hot tea, and broth; try to match the amount of fluid lost in the stools with the amount of fluid taken in orally.
During the next 24 hours, eat bland foods such as rice, soup, bread, crackers, eggs, and cereals. Advance to regular foods after two or three days.
With more severe cases, over-the-counter medications may help reduce symptoms and shorten the time they last.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/4/2016
Anthony L Buscaglia, DO
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