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Getting rid of the runs: treating travellers’ diarrhoea

travellers diarrhoea preventionDiarrhoea is commonly caused by a bowel infection by a virus, bacteria or parasite. Increased exposure to gastroenteritis-causing factors is why diarrhoea is so common amongst travellers; in fact up to five million Brits suffer from it every year.

It normally begins during the first week after arriving in a new place; trying new foods exposes us to new bacteria that our bodies are not used to. It also puts us at risk of dangerous bacteria such as salmonella and E. Coli, as well as parasites like Giardia and viruses like the norovirus. All of these are transmitted through hand to mouth contact, and eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Diarrhoea can also be caused by eating different foods with higher levels of spice or oil than our normal diet.

If all this has put you off eating or drinking anything in a new country (or even travelling at all!), try to keep in mind that there are things you can do to decrease the severity and length of a diarrhoea episode abroad. Read in full

Daily Mail: The effect of vomiting and diarrhoea on medication

vomiting diarrhoea effect oral medicinesDr Steele, the Medical Director of the Dr Fox website, was quoted in an article in the Daily Mail published on 26th May 2014. The article, written by journalist Joani Walsh, was titled ‘On medication? A minor tummy upset can put you in peril: From heart pills to anti-stroke drugs, a bout of sickness may wipe out all your protection‘.

The article deals with the risks of vomiting whilst taking long-term medication and focused on the case of a Nurse, Victoria Ord, who contracted Malaria on a visit to Gambia. Vomiting of her malaria tablets left Victoria vulnerable to a serious malaria infection.

The Daily Mail article quotes Dr Steele as saying:

People think that once a pill is swallowed, the effect is immediate. Vomiting or diarrhoea can effectively mean a missed dose and it can be critical – enough to throw some patients on medication for heart problems into heart failure.

Whether missing one or more tablets because of vomiting will lead to serious health problems depends on which tablets and why they are being taken. People taking long term medication who plan to travel for prolonged periods in remote areas should talk to their doctors before they leave. Read in full

Cheap Azithromycin on Prescription

cheap azithromycinDoctor Fox prides itself on the low prices it provides for genuine health care products; always making sure our prices go unmatched by our competitors.

We ensure that all advice and prescriptions we provide are suitable for your needs through consultations with our team of GMC registered UK doctors. Azithromycin capsules (£14.70) will be dispatched via recorded delivery from Doctor Fox’s NHS pharmacy in Glasgow.

For further information on Chlamydia, the condition azithromycin is commonly used to treat, click here. Read in full

What to pack for your winter holiday abroad

photo of couple on beachAs the nights draw in and the ground turns frosty, a winter getaway seems like the perfect escape! But whether you’re heading to the sunny Maldives or visiting Santa in Lapland, there are a few essential items you should remember to pack.


If you’re jetting off into the sun, it can be tempting to leave all of your winter clothes behind, but many destinations are cooler in winter, so always make sure to take a jumper.

However, if you’re travelling to somewhere cold, you may struggle to fit all of your winter woollies into a single bag. So rather than trying to cram in your whole wardrobe, why not try layering instead? By wearing several layers at once you’ll trap heat, leaving more space for all of your souvenirs!


In the excitement of booking your trip, it can be easy to forget to check whether the country you’re travelling to has any medical advisories. Always check well in advance so that you can have vaccinations arranged prior to travel. Read in full

Antibiotic on prescription for treatment of travellers diarrhoea

Dr Fox supplies antibiotics on prescription for the treatment of travellers diarrhoea. Online consultation and information. Azithromycin and ciprofloxacin antibiotics are posted from our NHS partner pharmacy.

Traveller’s diarrhoea is surprisingly common. Figures vary, some suggest 50% of people going to less developed countries will get traveller’s diarrhoea. The reason is not always poor hygiene. Read in full