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Bali Belly: How To Avoid and Treat It

For those who like to travel, make sure you have excellent health conditions. Especially for those who often visit developing countries like Indonesia, Africa, and India.

Some travellers visiting developing countries are often experiencing health problems in the form of stomach pain or food poisoning including:

  • Abdominal bloating, cramps and pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Urgency/frequency in going to the toilet
  • Diarrhoea
  • Mild temperature
  • General malaise (weakness or discomfort)

If you were rushing to the bathroom with an upset stomach, nausea and vomiting, you might affected with Bali Belly symptoms. This disease is common when travelling, but the symptoms aren’t pleasant. The symptoms are quite painful and make you not want to be far from your hotel toilet.

This condition is quite detrimental to the traveller’s finances. In 2017, Cover-More said there were 1,457 cases of Bali Belly that caused travellers from Australia to spend nearly $ 2 million just in emergency care. This health problem usually occurs due to low hygiene standards.

How to Avoid Bali Belly?

To avoid this health problem, make sure that every food and water you consume while travelling is clean and hygienic. You can also prepare health referrals to clinics in the area you are visiting. Ask for proper treatment from a doctor to avoid the Bali Belly symptoms.

If you plan to go to Bali, you can make an appointment in advance with a health clinic in Bali, before you depart from your country.

Look for information from the internet about the best clinics that provide care for Bali Belly. You can visit the clinic in Canggu, Badung area. This area provides various health facilities that are intended for tourists and travellers.

Bali Belly can be caused by bacteria found in local food or drinking water. Travellers usually loved to taste unique food in Bali. Sometimes the food they consume is less hygienic and contaminated with bacteria. Consuming too many alcoholic drinks can also cause this disease.

But don’t worry, Bali Belly can be treated and will usually disappear on its own within 24 hours, although sometimes it can take several days to a week. Moderating the changes, you make to your lifestyle, especially on the first day of your vacation to Bali will help minimise the risk of contracting Bali Belly.

Personal hygiene is a must. Hand washing must be done thoroughly, especially after going to the toilet, holding money and before eating.

How to Treat Bali Belly

If you are affected with Bali Belly, immediately visit the nearest clinic to get injection and medication. This treatment will clear the infection in 24 hours.

Another way to treat this condition, you can take anti-diarrhoea drugs such as Imodium, Loperamide, and charcoal tablets that are available in supermarkets.

Drinking bottled water will also reduce the risk of contracting Bali Belly. However, the symptoms can last more than one day. If this condition persists for up to a week, the infection may be contagious, so you have to limit interactions with other people.

If it gets worse, contact the nearest doctor. Ask your hotel clerk to find the best clinic with full facilities.

Just for your reference, you can visit Prime Plus Medical, an international standard clinic that provides the best health care for travellers in Bali.

This clinic has emergency services that are ready to serve you 24 hours. All facilities available at Prime Plus Medical are specifically designed according to their functions to meet your needs for emergency care.

Supported by medical staff and professional nurses, Prime Plus Medical provides the latest and reliable medical equipment.



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