Treatment for travellers' diarrhoea

Treatment in 3 easy steps

Have a consultation with your pharmacist and receive your antibiotics. Take them if you start having bad diarrhoea symptoms.

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Visit your local pharmacist for a consultation.


Receive your antibiotics provided by your pharmacist.

Should you get antibiotics for travellers' diarrhoea?

The most common cause of travellers' diarrhoea is bacterial infection. Most people don’t need antibiotics for travellers' diarrhoea but for those staying in places where medical assistance is poor or not available, ‘just-in-case’ antibiotics should be considered, provided by your pharmacist, to take with you. These can be started if bowel movements become very frequent, watery, contain blood or last for more than three days. The cost of the treatment will vary based on which medication you and your pharmacist decide on.

You should take precautions to avoid getting diarrhoea by washing hands and properly cooking all food while in your destination.

Find out the risk in your country of travel

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Receive antibiotics

Practice good food and hand hygiene to reduce risk

Take antibiotics if diarrhoea worsens

“Traveller’s diarrhoea can be unpleasant and stop you from enjoying your holiday. For certain groups it can be particularly dangerous due to dehydration. You should take precautions while travelling in at-risk locations but taking 'just-in-case' antibiotics with you is a good idea in case you can’t access medical treatment.”

Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE

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