Travellers' diarrhoea is extremely common among people who travel abroad, which is why it's a good idea to be prepared with the Travellers' Diarrhoea Pack. This pack has a number of different treatments that can aid recovery, alleviate symptoms and prevent dehydration to ensure that you are able to get back on your feet as quickly as possible and enjoy your travels.
The travel pack includes: an anti-biotic, an oral rehydration aid and treatments for symptomatic relief.
Most forms of diarrhoea are the result of bacteria (Salmonella, Escherichia coli and Shigella), which is why taking an antibiotic can be extremely helpful. Ciproxin contains ciprofloxacin which breaks down bacteria's ability to repair. If a bacterium can't repair itself, it's unable to defend against attacks by the immune system, which result in the bacteria being killed off.
Under normal circumstances traveller's diarrhoea is self-limiting, which means that the illness tends to go away by itself eventually, but this can take a few days causing a patient to experience significant discomfort in the meanwhile. Taking antibiotics can therefore limit the time for which discomfort is experienced.
Dehydration is one of the greatest risks of diarrhoea and it's vital to ensure that the body remains dehydrated. Dioralyte aids rehydration because it contains salts such as potassium chloride, sodium citrate, sodium chloride and carbohydrates. The carbohydrates in the form of pre-cooked rice powder enhances the absorption of the salts, which in turn boosts the body to absorb more water.
Dioralyte should never be seen as an alternative to drinking water, because it's still vital to take in as many fluids as possible, but rather as a way to optimise the benefits of fluids taken in.
Imodium with loperamide hydrochloride helps stop runny stools by slowing down intestinal contractions. It does this by having an influence on receptors in the muscle walls of intestines and slowing down digestional transit. This doesn't just help eliminate the discomfort associated with having loose bowels, but also stops dehydration, because there is more time for the re-absorption of fluid in the intestines.
Nausea and vomiting can be very unpleasant symptoms to deal with while recovering from travellers' diarrhoea, but taking Buccastem can help bring almost immediate relief. It contains Prochlorperazine which blocks receptors in the brain from receiving messages that cause you to feel nauseous or like you want to be sick.
If you need to use the treatments in the pack during your travels, they can be taken as follows:
Ciproxin should just be taken for one day. It's recommended that you take one tablet in the morning and then the other 12 hours later.
A sachet should be dissolved in water and drunk after every loose stool.
An initial dose of two tablets and then one after every loose stool experienced, until you feel better.
Buccastem isn't taken like traditional oral tablets, but placed between the gum and upper lip where it can dissolve and be absorbed into the system.
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