Any illness you get on holiday is likely to put a downer on the vacation and this is especially true of stomach bugs; something we all have experienced at some point. When going on holiday we sometimes get to eat foods we are not familiar with, so we may expect to have to take a little time to get used to it as we first start to eat this new food.
However, trying new foods and suffering from a stomach bug on holiday are two completely different things if your food poisoning was caused by food hygiene negligence.
At Accident Advice Helpline, specialists in personal injury claims, we see many cases where someone has come down with a stomach bug on holiday and some of these cases have been quite severe, including hospitalisation in some instances.
Skilled in helping these victims claim compensation for their suffering, we are able to offer a no win, no fee* service with no upfront costs, which means our customers don’t have to pay anything if their claim is not successful.
Symptoms of a stomach bug
Here are some symptoms to look out for if you think you may have a stomach bug:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- A mild fever
- Physical weakness
These symptoms require medical attention when:
- You are unable to keep fluids down
- You have an extremely high fever
- Sickness or diarrhoea that persists for three days or more
- Passing little to no urine
- If you become extremely drowsy or have trouble communicating
Treating a stomach bug on holiday
Treating a stomach bug on holiday is pretty much the same as treating one at home; in most cases the symptoms will go away on their own within 24 hours and without medication.
In rare cases, however, a stomach bug may be much more severe, causing bloody diarrhoea and excessive vomiting, potentially leading to severe dehydration and other life-threatening symptoms.
If your symptoms are severe, or they do not subside within a couple of days, it is a good idea to seek medical attention. In hospital they may give you fluids intravenously to keep you hydrated, along with medication to help stop the vomiting.
If you suffered from an episode such as this, contact Accident Advice Helpline on our 24-hour free phone line on 0800 689 0500 to see if a compensation claim is likely.
Date Published: October 24, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Holiday accident claims