Sickness While Traveling Abroad

What Causes Travelers Sickness?

Travelers sickness can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose travelers sickness, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "travelers sickness" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Parasite Infection
  • Bacterial Dysbiosis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
tetracycline use
PPI antacid use
diarrhea for 1-3 months
significant abdominal distension
history of dysentery
orange stool color
highly elevated eosinophil count
frequent postprandial somnolence
regular episodes of diarrhea
poor tolerance of sugars
frequent meal-related bloating
offensive-smelling stool
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of travelers sickness:
Cause Probability Status
Parasite Infection 98% Confirm
Bacterial Dysbiosis 54% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Gastrointestinal Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about sickness while traveling abroad:
Within the past 3 years, have you become sick from consuming food or water in a country where it is known to be unsafe?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, but symptoms resolved completely
→ Yes, long-term symptoms finally resolved
→ Yes, symptoms still present, partially resolved
→ Yes, symptoms still present with no resolution
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of GI infection/parasite or current GI infection/parasite, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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