Traveller’s Diarrhoea

About 45 minutes after the first round, I felt an urge to use the restroom again. My medical student mind went wild! What could be the cause of this frequent stooling with associated abdominal pains relieved only on using the toilet?

I started asking for Lomotil or any gastrointestinal anti-motility drugs to help as each round cost #50. This was during my journey to Abuja in November 2018. It came for the 3rd and 4th time before I was finally free. It was not an awesome experience. It is called TRAVELLER’S DIARRHOEA.

Traveller’s diarrhoea is an infection in the intestine following intake of contaminated food/drinks. It is usually mild and may resolve even without medications.


  1. E. coli
  2. Salmonella
  3. Novovirses etc.


  • Improper handwashing especially after using the restroom.
  • Consumption of contaminated food/drinks
  • Use of contaminated utensils to eat.

SYMPTOMS include :

  • Bowel movement of more than 3 times in 24 hours characterized by urgency.
  • Abdominal pains that are usually colicky.
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting


In a situation where you have traveller’s diarrhoea, you will require drugs such as Loperamide(Imodium), Lomotil and Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS). This will help reduce bowel movement and restore lost electrolytes.
If symptoms persist, see a doctor!


  • If you have to eat while on a journey, drink or eat only sealed or canned food/drink.
  • Travel with boiled water for consumption.
  • Take precautions when consuming fruits and vegetables
  • Ensure personal hygiene by washing hands properly after using the restroom
  • Go along with tablets of Lomotil and Sachets of Oral Rehydrating Salts.

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