On a journey from Ibadan to Shagamu back in 2008, we barely just left the motor park when my stomach started singing Sunday games as we got to the express, it became intense and by this time I was profusely sweating despite the cross ventilation. Few minutes later I was the only passenger awake as sleep is the last thing on my mind,the only thing I cared about was how to relief myself of the excretory pressure I was feeling while regretting adding vegetable sauce to the noodles I ate earlier, shyness denied me talking and I had to face the consequences, belief me it was a horrific experience. What I experienced is called Travellers Diarrhea. Traveller's Diarrhea is a digestive tract disorder that commonly causes loose stools and abdominal cramps.Symptoms do vary, some experience just one while for some two or even more, here are some of the symptoms of Travellers Diarrhea; passage of loose stool three or more times a day. an urgent need to defecate. -abdominal cramps. -vomiting. -fever. People prone to or have experienced it before will always feel some form of anxiety whenever they want to travel, Sticking to the following precautionary measures a day prior travelling can reduce the severity of the symptoms to a great extent: avoid consuming street food. -avoid pasteurized milk and diary products like ice-cream. -eat well cooked food. drink clean water. -wash your hand often. After taking measures, it is still important to prepare just in case, ensure you include the following items with your luggage; BlacK Nylon ORS. -Bottled water.
-tissue paper -liquid soap -small towel Ensure the items are close to you for easy access. To learn more listen to the podcast on Travellers Diarrhea by clicking podcast on the menu bar.
About the Author
Akinlabi Bisola has a Bachelors degree in Health Education and Masters Degree in Public Health Education. She is the founder of The Health Educator's Library Consultant and a Trained and certified first aider. She is a Social Media for Health and Development Expert (GHEL) as well as a Health Communication Expert (GHEL).
She runs a podcast called THEC with Bisola and a website called Thelbybisola.com