Bali Belly

Travellers to Bali can often be affected by what is known as 'Bali Belly' which is basically an upset stomach or travellers' diarrhoea. Caused by a change in diet and lifestyle, the symptoms generally include -

  • Abdominal bloating, cramps and pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Urgency/frequency in going to the toilet
  • Diarrhoea
  • Mild temperature
  • General malaise (weakness or discomfort)

Sometimes caused by bacteria found in local foods or drinking water but most often caused by an increase in exotic foods, too much food or an increase in alcohol intake, Bali Belly is treatable and will usually clear itself up sometimes within 24 hours, other times is may take a couple of days or even up to a week.

Moderating the changes you make to your diet and lifestyle, particularly in the first few days will help to minimise your risk of contracting Bali Belly. Personal hygiene is also an important factor and hand washing should be done thoroughly, particularly after going to the toilet, handling money and before you eat.

Should you get Bali Belly, you can visit a doctor to receive an injection and some medication that should start to clear up the infection within 24 hours. Other ways of treating the condition include anti-diarrhoea medications such as Imodium and Loperomide and activated charcoal tablets which are available from most supermarkets.

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Drinking bottled water will minimise your risks of contracting Bali Belly and daily acidophilus tablets are also a popular preventative. However, it's important to remember that symptoms can vary from the time of infection and the bug may last anywhere from a day to a couple of weeks and during this period, the infection is contagious so interactions with others should also be done carefully.

As long as you are sensible about where you eat, what you eat, how much of it you eat, water intake and personal hygiene then you minimise your risk of getting Bali Belly.