3 Most Common Health Issues While Travelling

3 Most Common Health Issues While Travelling

International travel has become an integral part of almost everyones life these days. Travel can be for official work, social commitments or recreational reasons. Formalities required for travelling from one country to another are now a much simplified process, owing to various systems like the American Government’s ESTA (electronic system for travel authorisation) and visa on arrival.

To meet all the ESTA requirements one can apply ESTA online or using an ESTA form.

Though travel related legalities have been simplified, concerns related to health continue to loom large. Travelling to distant land entails change of water, food habits, climate etc. There are various bacteria and viruses lurking and innocent travellers are most vulnerable to infections and diseases on these trips. Here is a look at three of the most common health issues faced by foreign travellers.


According to doctors, 60 per cent travellers suffer from bouts of diarrhoea during a trip abroad or soon after. There are several factors that can cause diarrhoea. The most common reasons for diarrhoea are drinking contaminated water or eating stale or unhygienic food that can cause food poisoning. The most common symptoms of diarrhoea are blood in stools, frequent watery stools, fever, light-headedness, and severe abdominal cramps.

A traveller suffering from any of the above mentioned symptoms must seek medical help immediately, to curb the infection. They should increase their fluid intake to ward off further complications such as dehydration. Purified water, juices, soups and coconut water help keep the body hydrated.

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