Q. Diarrhea and blood spotting after a trip is a sign of travel tummy?

Answered by
Dr. Anshul Varshney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 22, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am a 37-year-old male who has recently been experiencing gastro issues. We have spent four weeks on holiday and I have had loose stools regularly, one bout of constipation, and some blood spotting on the toilet paper. I have never had the most regular bowels, with loose stool occurring semi-frequently for many (15+) years.

Can I put this down to travel tummy and expect it to get better now? Or could it be something else? For the record, I had a cycling accident ten months ago and had an abdominal CT done, and the comments at that time relating to GI were, “GI Tract is Unremarkable.” Please suggest regarding this.




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Apparently, it looks like you have some stomach infection causing gaseous problems, constipation, and loose stools off and on.

In such a case scenario, I prefer to prescribe the following course of medication.

1. A combination of Pantoprazole and Domperidone once daily for around ten days.

2. A combination of Ofloxacin and Ornidazole twice daily for five days.

3. Any probiotic for ten days.

It would help if you see your doctor for getting a prescription,, and I do not find any reason to worry, as your CT was normal a few months back. I suggest you avoid spicy dairy products for a few weeks.

I hope I have answered your query.

If you have any further questions, please get back to me at


Hi doctor,

Thanks for your response.

Because I am on holiday, getting a prescription is hard. Is just a probiotic like Yakult good enough, and can it still solve my problem? Also, how long should I wait if symptoms do not get better before getting it checked? Or are you confident symptoms will subside?



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You can have Yakult. It is safe. But take the prescribed medicines for 5 to 7 days, and I am sure you will be fine. If your symptoms do not settle with the medications, we will require some tests, and I will guide you further.

I hope my answer helps.


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