The role of diet in the treatment of travelers' diarrhea: A pilot study

David B. Huang, Mukta Awasthi, Binh Minh Le, Meegan E. Leve, Margaret W. DuPont, Herbert L. DuPont, Charles D. Ericsson

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A pilot study was performed to compare the effects of a restricted physiologic diet in 48 subjects with those of an unrestricted diet in 57 subjects on the duration and symptoms of acute travelers' diarrhea among US adults being treated with an antimicrobial agent in Mexico. Restricted physiologic diet was defined as the avoidance of certain foods during diarrheal illness, as specified in limited published literature. The mean duration of diarrhea (37 vs. 33 h) and clinical symptoms were similar between those practicing the restricted diet and those practicing unrestricted diets. These results suggest that restricting diet during treatment of travelers' diarrhea with an antimicrobial agent is not associated with improvement of clinical symptoms or with decreased duration of diarrhea. However, a much higher number of subjects would need to be studied to prove this point statistically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)468-471
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 15 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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