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    Understanding Diarrhea -- Prevention

    How Can I Prevent Diarrhea?

    Though some types of diarrhea, such as those due to other medical conditions, are unavoidable, infectious diarrhea can be prevented.

    The most important way to avoid diarrhea is to avoid coming into contact with infectious agents that can cause it. This means that good hand washing and hygiene are very important.

    Understanding Diarrhea

    Find out more about diarrhea:

    Basics

    Symptoms

    Diagnosis and Treatment

    Prevention

    Also, if you travel to developing countries, you should take the following precautions:

    • Drink only bottled water, even for tooth brushing.
    • Avoid eating food from street vendors.
    • Avoid ice made with tap water.
    • Eat only those fruits or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled.
    • Be sure that all foods you eat are thoroughly cooked and served steaming hot.
    • Never eat raw or undercooked meat or seafood.
    • Obtain a hepatitis A vaccination prior to travel, if indicated for that region.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on March 03, 2015

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