It’s a simple problem that can occur at anytime in any country away from your home. You’ve travelled to a foreign place and WHAM! you are instantly on the floor in your hotel room (if lucky) or shopping, trekking or doing some other activity. It’s a horrible feeling this one that has upset your entire system. At first its just a bit of throw up but ‘why are you throwing up?’ Instantly you think back to breakfast or lunch, what was it you ate? What was in it? Was it fully cooked? And that’s when it hits you in the pit of your stomach a feeling unlike anything you have ever felt. Buckling over this time you run for a safe place and unload only to begin convulsing. This reaction to food its in your system and your system is fighting back.
Over the course of hours you feel this pain, throwing up or crapping your pants out but its not your fault the food was bad. How do you locate safe food? What are safe food handling practices in foreign countries? How can you prepare for this? And if the enivitable happens what can you do? The hardest choice here is to let it run its course. It’s never a good feeling being curled up on the floor all night long but its the most effective. Each time something comes up drink little bits of water. This will help replenish the fluids you are losing with each passing of your bowel whether it comes out the front or the rear.
Sweat, convulsing, diahhrea, and shivering is just all part of fighting off food poisioning. It’s your bodies reaction to the bad elements in the food. It could be because the food wasn’t prepared properly. It could be that the food was not handled in a safe manner or it could be contaminated food.
Bring pepto-bismal tablets, imodium or another products providing relief for upset stomach and other symptoms including, nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, and indigestion.
According to WebMD dot com you should send your plate of food back to the kitchen if you notice uncooked meat (beef, chicken, pork) or eggs and request a new plate. Carefully select and prepare fish and shellfish to ensure quality and freshness. Wash raw vegetables and fruits thoroughly before eating, especially those that will not be cooked. Wash hands with soap after handling reptiles, birds, or after contact with human or pet feces. “A lot of times it is not possible to confirm one way or the other if it’s food poisoning,” says David Burkhart, MD, staff physician at the Indiana University Health Center in Bloomington.
Most food poisoning occurs within 2 – 6 hours after eating the food and symptoms could be one or all of the following:
Diarrhea (may be bloody)
Fever and chills
Nausea and vomiting
Weakness (may be serious and lead to respiratory arrest, as in the case of botulism)
Typically a person will recover from food poisioning within a couple of days. Once they have recovered your main goal is to make their system feel better and maintain proper fluids.
Until the diarrhea has passed, Don’t eat solid foods and avoid dairy products, which can worsen diarrhea
Drink plenty of fluids: water, juice, non-caffeinated tea to replace fluids lost by diarrhea and vomiting.
Take an electrolyte solution especially give to children under 15-years old such as Cliff bar electrolyte lemonade, Clif Shot Shot Bloks Fast Pak Cran‑Razz, PediaVance Electorlyte Solution, or Ultima Health Replenisher
In conclusion when it comes to being on the road the best way to prepare for the possibilities is to pack a few extra helpful items such as Imodium tablets to prevent diarrhea or upset stomach and electrolyte replenisher packets just in case you find yourself in an uncompromising poisioning position along your journey. And always remember the key rules to eating safe and sanitary foods.
Webmd “Preventing Food Poisioning” Food Poisioning Health Center
U.S. National Library of Science – The World’s Largest Medical Library “Food Poisioning” A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia