Emporiatic enteritis, Rangoon runs, Maladie de la Mer Rouge, Aden gut, Aztec two-step, Montezuma's revenge... I learned the definition of all of these terms when I was on vacation in Mexico. As a doctor, I am always very careful with what I eat and drink while travelling. I took all of the necessary precautions: drank bottled water, did not eat from street vendors and peeled my own fruit, but it got me anyway. Travellers' diarrhea.
Travellers' diarrhea can be a debilitating illness and may be difficult to manage in remote surroundings. Adults who experience travellers' diarrhea usually feel ill for three to five days and the symptoms can last much longer in small children.
For most of my trip I was too tired and dehydrated to do much more than sleep and run to the bathroom—and I certainly could not go and do those fabulous adventure tours we had planned. While travellers' diarrhea is rarely life threatening, it certainly has a way of ruining great vacation plans. This does not have to happen to you; here are some tips on how to stay healthy:
Run The Planet thanks ArticleCity.com for the permission to reprint the article "You Don't Need To Fear Montezuma", by travel medicine specialist Dr. Suni Boraston. Illustration copyright © 2005 by Run The Planet.