Now I want to read all of your travel tips..."
I had an old doctor, years ago, tell me that he had heard that if you took Pepto-Bismol, it could help prevent travelers' diarrhea...
...Something like two tablespoons of the pink stuff four times a day.
Well, I figured it couldn't hurt to try it.
He used to have problems in Arizona, Texas, Florida... tourista anywhere the water was different.
The CDC discussion below will tell you that Pepto-Bismol tablets are effective too. On this I'll just say that we're superstitious. I only buy Pepto-Bismol, never a generic, and I always take the liquid.... with tablets as back up. I know that's silly, but it's what we do. With today's security rules on packing liquids and medications, I'm changing this some... It's going to be tablets more often now, though Pepto-Bismol is considered a medication, so you can pack more than just 3 ounces.
We think so highly of the pink stuff, that we even used it as a prop for a silly song we made up to celebrate the anniversary of friends we were traveling with in Africa.... see the pink bottle of Pepto-Bismol hiding among the balloons?
To be really safe, the tried and true travelers' rule is to eat it only if it's peeled or boiled or well cooked.... another rule I'm afraid we break more often than we should. We do eat at street stalls if they look clean... but you never know what microbes are lurking.... And we eat salads even on safari or in the jungle or traveling overland in India or Tibet. Sometimes it's a matter of "what else can you do"... as it was on the road in Tibet; sometimes it's just because it seems like the thing to do at the time as in the Djemaa El-Fna square in Marrakesh, Morocco.
More Advice From the Old Doctor
Because we succumb to those temptations, we follow another bit of advice from that old doctor... that it's a good idea to eat things that are "acidy and yeasty".... So we make it a habit to eat yogurt when we travel. And to drink beer. Who'd of thought beer was good for you? Wine works well too... and we're Californians so we love our wine. You do have to be careful with the water in many places. You can always order bottled water with your meals, but we enjoy trying the local wines and beers when we travel... always in moderation, of course.
For prevention of travelers' diarrhea:
....Studies show a decrease in the incidence of TD (Travelers' Diarrhea) with use of bismuth subsalicylate ... ...Several studies show that bismuth subsalicylate taken as either 2 tablets 4 times daily or 2 fluid ounces 4 times daily reduces the incidence of travelers' diarrhea... ...prophylactic bismuth subsalicylate should not be used for more than 3 weeks.
For treatment measures for travelers' diarrhea:
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