Understanding Diarrhea -- Prevention

Medically Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD on September 18, 2023
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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.
  • Pre-packaged food is usually safe to consume (check expiration date)
  • Never eat raw or undercooked meat or seafood.
  • Obtain hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations prior to travel, if indicated for that region.