some tips for avoiding spending your exotic vacation in the bathroom
This is the time of year when Americans are on the road, and some trips can result in you spending more time in the hotel bathroom than on the beach or at the tourist spots, and San Antonio gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Hoberman has some tips for avoiding the need to run to the bathroom when you're hoping to run to the beach.
Nearly 16 million Americans will experience so called 'travelers diarrhea' this summer, as quicker flights and the lower costs of many less developed countries have Americans flocking to those places. Many episodes just last for an uncomfortable three to four days, but some infections can require a trip to the hospital, and dehydration.
Dr. Hoberman says there are some tips to remember before you eat or drink anything when you're on vacation in many places in Latin America, the Middle East, India, and South Asia.
"Stay away from raw vegetables, if you are going to eat fruit it should be peeled. If you're going to eat cooked food, make sure it's hot when it comes to the table," he said.
Hoberman says it is common knowledge that only bottled water should be consumed in certain countries, but he says watch out for the ice that may be used to keep that water chilled. Also...he says vegetables may have been washed in water which is unhygienic.
Hoberman says TD is caused by bacteria, so it is also a good idea to be on a pro biotic regimen before leaving home.
"When we travel and eat contaminated food or drink, as those bacteria try to get into the GI tract and invade and cause harm, if you have to good bacteria which is in a pro-biotic already on board, they line up and act as a shield to prevent those bacteria from getting through," he said. Dr. Hoberman is the developer of a popular pro-biotic, called EndoMune.
He says the nice thing about pro-biotics is that they are safe at room temperature and can be packed into a suitcase. He says you should start taking pro-biotics 2-3 days before leaving for your vacation, and continue the treatment for 2-3 days after returning home.