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Tips about food:

Written by : DoctorNDTV Team

Until diarrhoea subsides, one should try to avoid milk products and foods that are greasy, high-fibre, or very sweet. These foods tend to aggravate diarrhoea.

As one improves, one can add soft, bland foods to the diet, including bananas, plain rice, boiled potatoes, toast, cooked carrots, and baked chicken without the skin or fat.

Traveller's diarrhoea happens when one consumes food or water contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or parasites. One can take the following precautions to prevent traveller's diarrhoea when one goes abroad:

  • Do not drink any tap water, not even when brushing your teeth.
  • Do not drink unpasteurized milk or dairy products.
  • Do not use ice made from tap water.
  • Avoid all raw fruits and vegetables (including lettuce and fruit salad) unless they can be peeled and you peel them yourself.
  • Do not eat raw or rare meat and fish.
  • Do not eat food from street vendors.
One can safely drink bottled water, carbonated soft drinks, and hot drinks like coffee or tea. Depending on where one is going and the period of stay, the doctor may recommend some antibiotics before leaving to protect one from possible infection.

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