Bali Belly, Thailand Trots, Montezuma’s Revenge… you name it, we’ve had it. And missing out on exotic beaches and natural wonders of the world is enough to make you learn how to not only prevent, but also treat traveler’s diarrhea. And fast. No one wants Bali Belly symptoms ruining their holiday in paradise.
What is Bali Belly?
Bali Belly is another name for traveler’s diarrhoea caused by consuming contaminated food or water. Usually, Bali Belly is caused by bacteria. The bacteria most likely to make you sick with a stomach bug is escherichia coli (e coli) as well as shigella s and salmonella. Viruses like norovirus and rotavirus cause the same symptoms. Parasites such as giardia lamblia are another cause.
Why Are You So at Risk in Bali?
Australians make so many trips to Bali that many travelers treat their holiday like they are visiting another state in Australia. Familiarity can breed complacency, so be aware of the following risks to enjoy a Bali Belly-free holiday:
Water: Bali is a developing country and the water supply is not fit for human consumption.
Food: The warm tropical, humid weather means bacteria on food can grow at much faster rates in Bali than in most parts of Australia
Some cooks in Indonesia may not be educated or have the equipment needed for safe food handling practice. They may serve food that could cause food poisoning due to:
Bali Belly Symptoms
The classic Bali Belly symptoms generally involve diarrhea (at least three unformed/loose/watery stools within a 24 hour period) and can also include any of the following:
Prevention: How do You Avoid Bali Belly?
Sometimes you take all the precautions to avoid Bali Belly but are still struck down with it, while others eat and drink whatever they like and don’t suffer any effects. Many of the risks come from consuming water. To avoid Bali Belly take these steps:
Cure for Bali Belly - Treatment Tips
Bali Belly can be a short, sharp 24-hour illness or one that can last for up to 4 or 5 days.
The following medications and remedies are available to treat Bali Belly: