Many will be familiar with the pain and inconvenience of contracting food poisioning abroad.
But one woman’s experience seems to have struck a chord with TikTok users.
US-based travel influencer Aili Hillstrom unvieled her encounter with so-called ‘Bali Belly’ to her 2.4million-strong audience – in pretty graphic detail (below).
The problem is essentially an upset stomach or traveller’s diarrhoea.
Often it’s caught within the first week of travelling to a foreign country, as the body adjusts to a new environment with new foods and different bacteria.
If you do not have the same immunity as locals, eating certain foods that are at high risk of contamination are likely to leave you sick.
Aili found out the hard way, as shown in her TikTok video that’s so far attracted nearly 3million views.
First, she warns people not to watch if they are ‘easily grossed out’.
‘I got Bali Belly and let me tell you,’ she says in the clip. ‘I’ve seen people talk about Bali Belly on this app and nothing could have prepared me fore this, it’s about every tenth…’
Suddenly, the camera shudders and the young woman pounces up to her feet and runs off – presumably to the bathroom.
She then returns to face the camera and continues: ‘…Every 10 minutes and it’s so painful.’
Travel influencer Aili Hillstrom has set TikTok alight with her video that shows exactly how painful ‘Bali Belly’ can be
Symptoms of ‘Bali Belly’ – otherwise known as traveller’s diarrhoea – include abdominal bloating, cramps, nausea, urgency to go to the toilet, loose stools and, sometimes, a temperature, according to Better Health.
Ways to prevent it include: washing your hands with soap and water after going to the toilet, and before eating or preparing food.
Make sure hands are completely dry before you touch any food, as well as any dishes, cups and other utensils.
Treatment for the condition includes antibiotics to kill a bacterial infection, anti-nausea drugs and limiting alcohol and high-fiber foods that can worsen diarrhoea.
Also, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
WHAT IS TRAVELLER’S DIARRHOEA?
Travellers’ diarrhoea is defined as passing 3 or more loose/watery bowel motions in 24 hours.
Only around 3 per cent of cases have 10 or more bowel motions daily. It may be accompanied by any of the following symptoms: fever, abdominal cramps, urgent need to pass bowel motion, nausea or vomiting.
Most cases occur in the first week of travel and are mild, i.e there are no other symptoms and it does not disrupt normal activities. On average, symptoms last for 3-5 days and most cases resolve without any specific treatment.
When travellers’ diarrhoea is associated with additional symptoms and this leads to an interruption of normal activities, it is classed as moderate to severe.
Travellers’ diarrhoea can be caused by many different organisms including bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella, parasites such as Giardia, and viruses such as norovirus.
All these organisms are spread through eating/drinking contaminated food/water or contact between the mouth and contaminated hands, cups, plates etc.
Loose bowel movements can also result from a change in diet including, for example, spicy or oily foods.
Source: Fit For Travel