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What to Do If You Get Sick While Travelling in India?

Getting sick in India is, unfortunately, for some people part of the experience. Food safety standards and water quality are different, and that’s usually why tourists fall sick.

Don’t do what I did and assume that your stomach issues will pass. Mine don’t.

It cost me three days in bed and an awkward six-hour bus ride to Delhi before I decided I was so weak and had lost so much weight that I should go to the hospital.

If you fall sick from food or water some of the symptoms you may experience are constipation, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, tiredness, and weakness.

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India Survival Guide Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Travel Essentials: Before You Travel to India
  3. Arriving in India: Getting to Your Hotel & Airport Amenities
  4. Tourist Scams to Avoid in India
  5. Avoiding Fake Money & Ripped Notes in India
  6. Avoiding Bad Accommodation
  7. How to Bargain, Get Refunds, and How Much Rickshaws Cost
  8. Avoiding Counterfeit Souvenirs in India
  9. How to Be Street Smart in India
  10. Buses and Trains in India Explained
  11. Food and Drink Safety for Travellers
  12. What to Do If You Get Sick in India (You’re here)
  13. How to Deal with Air Pollution in India

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Karl Rock, is a Hindi speaking Kiwi ex-pat who take viewers behind the scenes of incredible India and its neighbours. He has visited every state and union territory in India, and its culturally similar neighbours – Pakistan and Bangladesh, and aims to make others fall in love with India and the subcontinent.

2 replies on “What to Do If You Get Sick While Travelling in India?”

It is vital to get a Helicobacter Pylori test on your return. You can get them online cheaply. (from£7). H Pylori is a bacteria that lives in water/food contaminated with faecal matter. It is rife in Indi. It burrows into the lining of your stomach and lives there for the rest of your life if you don’t treat it. It causes ulcers in 10% of infected people and stomach cancer in 3%. It is rife in India. My son caught it in India on a gap year trip and died of stomach cancer aged 40.Like most, he had only very mild symptoms until it was terminal. He died 3 months after diagnosis. If he had known he would have got a test and got a course of specialised antibiotics from his GP and eradicated it. But no one warned him of the danger of catching HP in India and now he is gone. I just want to warn people so the same doesn’t happen to them.

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