Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it!
Food safety is an important part of staying healthy when travelling abroad, especially in areas where sanitation and food handling practices are not to standards you have come to expect at home. The transmission of food-borne viruses such as E.Coli, noro-virus and others can spread not only from contaminated food, but also from surfaces, and even from person-to-person.
Tips for Food Safety
- Eat only boiled, cooked or peeled foods
- Drink only bottled water with the seal intact, or water that has been boiled and treated.
- Avoid fresh produce such as lettuce, cucumbers and other raw foods that grow in the ground
- Eat food that is hot and freshly cooked
- Pack some snacks in your luggage! Nuts, dried fruit, protein bars and granola are all great, healthy snacks that will keep you satisfied and stay healthy!
If you do catch a stomach bug while you are travelling, staying hydrated is the most important treatment. If necessary, you can take anti-diarrheal medication or rehydration salts, or consume drinks like Gatorade to replenish lost fluids. Seek medical attention if fever develops or symptoms don’t dissipate in a couple of days.
Products available at PharmaSense Pharmacy:
- Water purification tablets
- Rehydration salts
- Anti-diarrheal medication e.g. Immodium
- Anti-nausea medication e.g. Gravol