Because many medical tourism destinations are in developing countries, they don’t always have the same hygiene standards to which you might be accustomed. In addition, your body might not be used to the local water and cuisine. Diarrhea, food poisoning, and nausea are possible no matter where you go, but in a new country, the likelihood of getting sick increases substantially.
It’s next to impossible to remain on your guard 24/7. That type of vigilance will eventually wear you down, and you could end up becoming sick from the stress. However, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the overall likelihood of getting sick while abroad. The following suggestions are for the very “risk averse.” Many of our writers are scattered around the globe, and most of them have never had any food-related complications even though they drink the local water and eat the local food.