Nobody wants to contract food poisoning while travelling, however, different countries have different standards of food storage and preparation. Consequently, many travellers will likely suffer some experience of food poisoning during their lifetime.
What causes food poisoning and how can I prevent it?
Food poisoning is caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites and other toxins. The symptoms of food poisoning can range from mild diarrhoea and vomiting, to more serious cases which require hospitalisation.
In order to prevent suffering a travel accident like food poisoning, take some basic precautions while on holiday:
- Always wash your hands before eating, and after using the bathroom
- Make sure that chicken, meat, fish and eggs are fully cooked before consuming
- Do not drink tap water in developing countries
- Avoid eating raw vegetables and salad that have been washed with tap water
- If in doubt, throw it out
What should I do if I do get food poisoning while travelling?
Unfortunately, even if you take all the precautions above, you may still contract food poisoning. It is near impossible to be in control of what you are eating, and how it is cooked, all of the time when travelling. If you do contract food poisoning, take the steps below to help ease your symptoms:
- Drink plenty of clean water, this will help to keep you hydrated
- Eat normally as soon as you are able to
- Use over-the-counter remedies to combat the symptoms, including rehydration solutions and Imodium
- If your symptoms are serious, or last more than three days, seek medical assistance
If you have been the victim of a bout of food poisoning while travelling, you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in personal injury compensation. We can help you to make a successful injury claim, whether for food poisoning, or other personal injuries such as slips, trips and falls, or road traffic accidents.
Our telephone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and staffed by our friendly and professional advisers. You can speak to us in complete confidence, with no obligation to proceed with a claim. We work on a strict 100 per cent no-win no-fee basis, so you won’t be left out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful.
If you’ve been the victim of an accident that wasn’t your fault, get in touch with us today on Freephone number 0800 689 0500 to see if you could make a compensation claim.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice