Not to fear - Delhi hits the best of us and I don't think there's a way to escape it. Even with a stomach as hard as nails and you're staying in a 5* resort you still may not escape it. For those of you who don't know, Delhi belly is the result of eating Indian food in India. The reason is that India hasn't quite caught up with the Western world on food hygiene standards in most cases or the water quality is just not good. Number one rule is to never drink tap water, drinks with ice in or eat any food that could have been washed in tap water uncooked like a salad. BUT please don't let this up you off going here. India is a place like no other with such rich cultures, ideas, history and incredible scenery.
So - if you're caught out while in this beautiful country here are my tips on how to to get over it fast and keep exploring.
- Stomach pains
- Basic medication
Rehydration sachets - I cannot push these enough. You can find them in any pharmacy or shop that sells paracetamol, and you simply disperse the powder in 100ml of water and drink up. They can rehydrate you super fast which stops headaches and dizziness that come about when having these kinds of problems. This should be your first port of call when contracting Delhi belly.
Imodium - yep this one is a must. We all know what it does and is a must on any trip to India, give it an hour or two and it should sort you out. I'd recommend then instants that dissolve of your tongue if you're being sick also as you don't need to swallow them which may cause more vomiting. You can get ones that also stop the stomach cramps that come along with bad diarrhea but I don't think they're in the instant form.
Anti vomit medication - you can get these in most pharmacies and aren't a must have but sometimes help ease the sickness side of Delhi belly for a few hours, giving you time to rest up.
I'm not a doctor so if your symptoms are really bad go and see one or arrange for one to visit you at your hotel/hostel if you can. From my experience, doctors in India are really well trained and know what they're talking about. You are just one in a million Delhi belly cases they've seen this week and it's routine to prescribe a lot of medication to you. Ask them to write down the name and instructions for each one so you can inform your doctor when you're home of what you've taken for good practice. Doctors in India are also super cheap and I think it only cost me £20 including medication when I saw one in the hostel. But - my conclusion is, you don't want to be caught out and only have one of these toilets to use which are the common throughout India & the rest of Asia.