Bad diarrhoea in India

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My stomach is usually very strong, I was totally fine in my first time in India. I normally get diarrhoea by getting a flu or something, I rarely get it just by food

But at our second time in India (we were just back to U.K. 2 days ago), I've experienced the worst diarrhoea in my life, it lasted for 4~5 days, it was a horrible experience!!!

I had been extremely careful to foods and drinks! I started to take probiotics tablets 2 months before our trip! In India, I had always washed my hands and applied anti barcteria gel before grabbing food by my hands!!! But into our 3rd week in India, I still got it!!!

I did not have any pain or discomfort on my stomach, I just knew I needed to go when it was about to happen! And it was totally watery!!!

I recovered quickly after my first morning of diarrhoea, it stopped for 24 hours. But I had masala dosa, which was told to be restricted by my Indian friends, as masala dosa is usually quite greesy. After masala dosa, my diarrhoea started again and it was worse!!! I was normally ok during the day, but the diarrhoea started after dinner and it lasted whole night!!! I had to go to toilet every 10 minutes, until morning. It didn't happen after breakfast or lunch but it usually happened very soon after dinner!!

Some friends suggested me not to take tablets, just let it happen so the virus could be cleared out! But I found myself seriously dehydrated!! No matter how much water I drank, I still felt very thirsty! And it started to affect my energy level and concentration !

I took tablets from UK(immodium) but it could only stop diarrhoea for 2 hours, then I still needed to get up every 10 minutes and go to toilet... it seriously affected my sleep and energy level.

Then, I've decided to go to local pharmacy and got the tablets. They gave me 2 kinds of tablets, one for stopping the diarrhoea and another for reducing any discomfort. After 2 doses, I was totally recovered!!! But it took me few more days for my body to feel totally rehydrated again.

In conclusion, I don't know what caused the diarrhoea. I guess weather was probably one of the reasons. We traveled during the hottest time of the year and we've experienced countless power cuts (suppose more people are using air cons, so there're more power cuts as electricity is in a higher demand during the hottest season), and I assumed that, due to the higher frequency of power cuts, foods aren't restored properly, hence we got higher chances of diarrhoea

Well it wont stop my love of India, it is part of the experience that a lot of people may face in India. Lol
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Some friends suggested me not to take tablets, just let it happen so the virus could be cleared out! But I found myself seriously dehydrated!! No matter how much water I drank, I still felt very thirsty! And it started to affect my energy level and concentration !
Some friends suggested that you take Oral Rehydration mixture. I thought you did.

Some friends also suggested that you might try Immodium just to get you through a train journey.

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I had terrible diarrhea like that once. Couldn't eat so drank coke and fruit juices to keep hydrated and for some energy. Wouldn't go away, kept vomiting and going to the toilet. Someone told me to drink just plain soda water. Tried it and was cured almost instantly.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Some friends suggested that you take Oral Rehydration mixture. I thought you did.

Some friends also suggested that you might try Immodium just to get you through a train journey.

See you again next time
Immodium could only last for 2,3 hours. I'm not good at medication but my experince told me that, if you're ill in India, take Indian medicines/tablets!!! Thanks for my precious friends in india, a nice couple who live in Chennai!!!! They gave me a lot of advices while I was unwell!!!

We spent our last 2 days with a good friend in Bangalore, had loads of fun!!! We didn't expect that she would be in Bangalore during that period of time as well!!!!

See you again for sure!!!

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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post I had terrible diarrhea like that once. Couldn't eat so drank coke and fruit juices to keep hydrated and for some energy. Wouldn't go away, kept vomiting and going to the toilet. Someone told me to drink just plain soda water. Tried it and was cured almost instantly.
Thanks very much, it happened 2 weeks ago and I'm already cured !

I knew coke was good for rehydration but at the most difficult time, we were in a small village and we couldn't find any coke or Pepsi in the local shops. We found sprite or 7up but they didn't work on me!!
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if you're ill in India, take Indian medicines/tablets!!!
Immodium isn't Indian? I never knew!

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Originally Posted by Mimimiha View Post Thanks very much, it happened 2 weeks ago and I'm already cured !

I knew coke was good for rehydration but at the most difficult time, we were in a small village and we couldn't find any coke or Pepsi in the local shops. We found sprite or 7up but they didn't work on me!!
But coke didn't work for me. Maybe it's the sugars. I remember drinking a coke and soon after vomiting out the bus window. Plain soda water cured it!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Immodium isn't Indian? I never knew!

Immodium is a U.K. brand and product? That is my understanding. It didn't work for me in India so I don't think it is Indian product
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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post But coke didn't work for me. Maybe it's the sugars. I remember drinking a coke and soon after vomiting out the bus window. Plain soda water cured it!
What is the brand/product name of the plain soda water? Just in case we got diarrhoea again on the furure
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Originally Posted by Mimimiha View Post What is the brand/product name of the plain soda water? Just in case we got diarrhoea again on the furure
This happened in Central America not India though I had a few terrible bouts of diarrhea in India. Any old plain soda that's carbonated should work. At least it did for me. I'm sure I had food poisoning,
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Originally Posted by Mimimiha View Post Immodium is a U.K. brand and product? That is my understanding. It didn't work for me in India so I don't think it is Indian product
The one you buy here is probably made here. It may be the same stuff under a different name, or it may carry that name under licence.

Western medicine: it's the same in the east. And so are many of the bugs.
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Thanks for the advice and feedback

Do you think that we got higher chances to get food poisonous at the hottest time of the year? As we experienced a lot more power cuts than our first time in India (we traveled in the winter at the first time and we were totally fine)? I was brought up in a tropical country and in my country, we experience some power cuts in the summer ( not as many as India lol) as people use air cons so there is a higher demand for electricity. And I know that foods may have gone off during power cuts as they may be stored in the fridge/freezer.
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Yes, if you eat at places that recycle food without refrigeration- or refrigeration and backup. Few of the latter around, even decent restaurants, supermarkets etc will not have backup for the freezer. And many except very high end places will put off the freezer at night to save power.

Everything goes bad faster in 40 plus centigrade. Including human beings.

(A friend of mine, heading a five star hotel, used to say one should eat in either five star hotels or cheap and busy eateries with no space for large scale refrigeration. The former takes care of leftovers properly, was his reasoning, while the latter have no space so must consume everything before close of business, which is why if you landed up late you got no food there since they had run out.)

Of course there is the q about basic hygiene...
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That said, I just remembered that I got bad food poisoning after a big five star hotel party years ago, but I still think that was the rum that had been brought in from outside and served after paying corkage.
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High star restaurants don't exempt you from food poisoning, especially in 3rd world countries. I think I've read on this site about people who've gotten sick from eating in a posh restaurant.
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