Preventing Diarrhoea


Infection control
You can help prevent diarrhoea caused by infections by taking steps to prevent the infection spreading. These include:
• Washing your hands thoroughly after going to the toilet and before eating or preparing food
• Cleaning the toilet, including the handle and the seat, with disinfectant after each bout of diarrhoea
• Not sharing towels, flannels, cutlery or utensils with other household members
• Not returning to work until 48 hours after your last bout of diarrhoea

Food hygiene
Practising good food hygiene will help you to avoid getting diarrhoea as a result of food poisoning. Some ways of doing this are:
• Regularly washing your hands, surfaces and utensils with hot, soapy water
• Never storing raw and cooked foods together
• Making sure that food is kept properly refrigerated
• Always cooking your food thoroughly
• Never eating food that is past its sell-by date

Preventing travellers’ diarrhoea
If you are travelling in a country where the standards of public hygiene are low and there is a risk of water contamination, you may need to avoid the following food and drink:
• Tap water
• Fruit juices (if sold by a street vendor)
• Ice cream or ice cubes
• Shellfish
• Eggs
• Salads
• Raw or undercooked meat
• Peeled fruit
• Mayonnaise
• Sauces