Bali Belly. Aren’t you just sick and tired of suffering it as another memorable experience that’s promisingly you shall never forget here, even in the world’s tropical paradise of island, Bali?
Yes, you read that right. It is a commonly called for gastroenteritis experience on the island.
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… In the same way, Traveler’s Diarrhea is another common term used to describe Bali Belly. It is a fairly common condition in Bali. In some health care clinics located near the major tourist points in Bali, diarrhea is the main complaint that leads them to seek medical help.
Hey, no pressure there ladies & gentleman …
… Bali is still infamously has many things to offer; the beautiful scenery, the unique artwork, and great parties. All those are worth to travel to.
Still not convinced?..
… Some studies say the incidence is found in about 50 percent of travelers, which means up to 10 million people suffered also additionally it is quite familiar among us, in the travel destination region.
Think I’m exaggerating?..
Let us take you to look around that the same can also be found in other parts tropical tourism spots in Asia & South America.
For instance, Thailand Trots itself refers to “Bali Belly” experienced by foreign tourists in the country of white elephants. Montezuma’s Revenge found in Mexico, and Delhi Belly in India.
Let’s dive in,
Basically we will perform activities differently while vacationing in a new environment contrasting from the environment we live in. This can be seen in as make the diet and take some rest.
One of the common similarities in developing countries in Asia compared with developed countries is the condition of the tap water. Indonesia’s tap water is not ready to drink. Nevertheless, it will be peculiar when a Singaporean tourist travels to Bali and drinks water directly from the tap comprised to when he was in his country.
Literally tap water itself is water that has not been totally sterilized from the pathogens, so that bacteria, viruses and pathogens in it may be carried up to our digestive tract if drunk. Moreover, there are some dangerous contents such as minerals and heavy metals when consumed in the long term. Especially, not all taps run water ready for consumption after cooking.
Annoying, isn’t it?..
The Bali Belly itself is an unpleasant thing when we are enjoying our holiday activities in Bali.
Can we imagine the itinerary that we have compiled instead turned into a rest at the hotel for days? Who would have guess to experience Bali Belly?..
Either way …
… No exception even for salads in expensive restaurants though. Fruit washing and vegetables sometimes still use tap water – which has been mentioned above – not yet cooked until the germs in it die. Always prepare that Bali Belly can happen to anyone, 50% of all tourists.
Make no mistake about it, …
Although everyone has the same risk of getting diarrhea when traveling, it is more likely to happen to immunosuppressed individuals, with diabetes, or with inflammatory bowel disease, or those who consume H2 antagonists or antacids (treatment for gastric ulcers) in the long run.
Unfortunately, The main source of infection is food and water that has been contaminated with feces. The cause of the infection itself can be viruses, parasites and bacteria. The bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) is one of the most common causes of traveler’s diarrhea. E. coli bacteria normally found in human intestines.
Believe it or not, there are several varieties of this bacterium. Usually, our body is familiar with E. coli in our environment and the bacteria do not cause digestive problems. However, when we are exposed to new varieties of E.coli bacteria, our bodies will react to the substances produced by bacteria.
Seriously these toxins may interfere with our intestinal ability to absorb water. This is what causes diarrhea. Sometimes, traveler’s diarrhea is caused by stress of traveling, jet lag, a different diet, or other factors.
Actually tourists can minimize their risk to be exposed to Bali Belly by implementing the following effective measures:
- Do not drink untreated water, including ice cubes in drinks.
- Avoid food and beverages from street vendors.
- Eat only foods that are cooked and still hot, or fruits and vegetables that you peel yourself.
- Do not eat raw or partially cooked fish or shellfish. Fully cooked fish and shellfish are safe.
- Brushing your teeth with untreated water is usually safe. Most toothpastes contain antibacterial substances. Do not swallow the water.
- Carbonated soft drinks and water, bottled water, wine, and beer are usually safe without ice. Do not add ice that has been made from tap water.
- Avoid uncooked dairy products.
For what is worth, routine antibiotics that are often used for prevention actually increase the risk of adverse reactions for travelers and infections of resistant organisms. Because antimicrobials increase travelers’ susceptibility to becoming resistant to pathogenic bacteria and do not provide protection against viruses or pathogenic parasites, the antibiotics themselves provide a false sense of security.
Some experts believe that diarrhea is a body’s defense mechanism to reduce the contact time between pathogens in the digestive tract with the intestinal mucosa. Thus, the administration of anti-motility drugs, containing loperamide, diphenoxylate, and paregoric, should be taken into account their use, as they can aggravate disease by delaying clearance of causative organisms.
Traveler’s diarrhea or Bali belly is a self-limited disorder and often resolves without specific treatment, 90% of cases resolve within 1 week. The main complication is dehydration which could develop to other serious conditions.
Here’s another way to think about it, often people who experience traveler’s diarrhea feel very weak. The cause is dehydration. Hydration is the main treatment of diarrhea.
Now I’m going to stop you right there, drinking only a few gulps of tea is not enough because we often lose far more fluids than we think. In some cases, clean water is sufficient. However, in very dehydrated conditions, the solution is a rehydration solution.
Back to what I was saying, rehydration packages are a great thing to have, especially if you are going to remote areas or places off the usual tourist paths.
The bottom line is this, one of the rehydration fluids that can meet the needs of our body fluids lost because of diarrhea is IV vitamins. IV vitamins allow us to rapidly pursue fluid requirements, so the rehydration process does not take long – and keeps us from spending too much time resting when we should be able to enjoy our holidays and journeys.
What’s the magic formula?
IV vitamins are a combination of rehydrating fluids with soluble vitamins in vitamins – drained directly intravenously into our blood vessels, with droplets regulated with the consideration of our condition and the amount of fluid needed. Dissolved vitamins in it allow us to benefit from several vitamins at once without having to take more vitamins.
It is less fun to get the benefits of vitamins by taking a few tablets when we have diarrhea and feel very weak even to take some vitamin tablets. One vitamin, like vitamin A, according to experts has the ability to improve the condition of the intestinal mucosa.
The point is it is certainly very beneficial to speed up the repair of our gut which is damaged by toxins from bacteria and others. That way, do you still want to rest too long and delay all travel plans because of diarrhea?