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.

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 Sabrina Felson, MD on March 22, 2017


SOURCES: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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