Rehydration salts are used to replace salts and water that the body loses when you are dehydrated.
Oral rehydration solutions (ORS) are used to treat dehydration caused by diarrhea, a common illness in travellers.
It involves drinking water with modest amounts of sugar and salts, specifically sodium and potassium
When should an oral rehydration solution be used?
It is essential to drink extra fluids as soon as diarrhea starts.
Dehydration from diarrhea is more of a concern in children, those with underlying medical conditions, and the elderly. ORS should be considered for these individuals.
Fluids should be consumed at a rate to satisfy thirst and maintain pale-coloured urine.