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Old 09-13-2010, 06:23 PM
 
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My husband is French and I travel to France quite a bit. I have gone 5 times, soon to be my 6th trip next week. Four times I have been sick. Once I was so sick I should have gone to the hospital. I had stomach cramps like I have never had before, horrible diarrhea and vomiting... weakness, profuse sweating and after I returned home, it took a good two weeks for me to get my normal appetite back.

All the other times I have diarrhea. I'm tired of it and I can't figure out what it is. I have been to different countries but have never been ill like when I am France.

Have any of you had this issue when traveling specifically to France? Any ideas what it is that is making me sick? *sigh* I just dread my trips when I should be enjoying them.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:36 PM
 
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Nope. Been to France many many times and never had a problem.
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:12 AM
 
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You might be picking something up on the flight/at the airport. Make sure you wash your hands as much as possible and use hand wipes or sanitizers too.
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:31 AM
 
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Yes maybe you picked up something in the airport or amongst those you have been around. I never have gotten sick the times I have been to France. But I did get very ill in Italy--perhaps there is a connection. I didn't have vomiting and diarrhea, just fever and chills and aches...wasn't pleasant and couldn't enjoy my trip.
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Old 09-14-2010, 03:01 AM
 
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Nope. Been to France many many times and never had a problem.
Ditto. I've lost count. Never got sick there.

Sometimes just a change in water can throw you off.

I've had it happen in both the UK as well as Italy. I never felt really bad, but did get the trots for one day.

Just getting on an airplane, with that recirculated air, makes me feel paranoid about getting sick. There was one trip where this woman had a horrible, endless, wrenching, bronchial cough. I certainly felt sympathetic, but was not thrilled to be sitting so close to her.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Sometimes just a change in water can throw you off.
Or diet. Especially if you're eating out a lot - it can be hard to eat healthy on vacation because a lot of restaurants don't focus on health foods and that can cause digestion problems too. There are plenty of tips and guides on how to eat healthy on vacation though - like this: 25 Essential Tips for Eating Healthy on Vacation

That said, I'm not sure that would be enough to cause vomiting
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:36 AM
 
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My guess would be some sort of alergy to the food, but I can't think of any particular ingredient in french food that may not be in other foods you get elsewhere.
But still, take care of what you eat. Might want to make it bland and simple.
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:45 AM
 
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Nearly every multi-week trip I get a weak stomache towards the end of the trip (nothing bad, just "not right"), although I chalk that up to my adventerous eating habits. I try to eat like everyone else that lives where I go, and I assume my stomache just isn't used to what I am putting in me. I got back from Rio on Saturday and my stomache still isn't right, yet. The first time I was in Russia I was super anal about the water/ice and I still had a funny stomache at the end...so i think it is the food.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:20 AM
 
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We always get bottled water, no matter where we go. I also stay away from the greens (the rocket salad) and never eat raw vegetables. Sounds like a slight case of acid reflux? Maybe ask your doctor what would be best, either OTC or a prescription. No sense in ruining your trip if you can help it. Good luck.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:41 AM
 
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Agree with all the above advice.

Bottled drinks only.
No fresh produce/salads.
Cooked foods only - no sandwiches.

And you might try wearing an N95 mask on the plane.

Planes are nothing but giant germ capsules recirculating contaminated air. Stay out of the plane's bathroom too. They're notorious for germs.

Take and use plenty of hand sanitary gel and wipes. Use them fastidiously.
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