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redvee92 Avatar
6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
Just got back from holiday in Turkey.

All I can say is - I have never been as ill with a dicky stomach as I was on holiday!! The 4 of us were bad!

Has anyone else experienced this?
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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
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#1
in egypt once. never in turkey tho..
#2
had no problems-you have to remember NEVER to have ice in drinks tho-probably the most common cause of stomach upsets in Turkey.
#3
I had ice - but they said it was bottled water for the ice anyway.

Iv heard Turkey is one of the worst places for becoming ill - my dad told me after Id got back :|
#4
my family and i got really ill went we went portugal last year, i've never felt as bad as i did there
#5
I got back two weeks ago, had a upset stomach ever since!
I went to NY 4 days later and it got a bit better but still not great :(
#6
I was in turkey last year, wasn't ill once, my sister is there now, also fine, probably the ice wasn't bottled water...
#7
ive been to altinkham in turkey 3 times and have never had an upset stomach.
#8
It was Tenerife for me - won't go near the Canary Islands now, not for anything.
It always feels worse when you're away, but all you can do is keep sipping the bottled water. If you suffered badly you should complain to your tour operator if you had one. Hope you're fully recovered now.
#9
i was the first time i went and i reckon its the ice they never gonna make ice with bottled water so chances are they lied to you also i brushed my teeth with bottle water
suspended#10
I brought some bottled water in turkey and did not look in the shop but when i left the shop i noticed the bottle seal was broke the water was frozen so they may have filled it with tap water ? i binned it so i would advice no ice as you can never be sure.
#11
Been 4 times with no problems. Agree though you have to be careful with ice etc. Majorca was our holiday where one of the group got Ill!
#12
I think you can get an 'jibby tum' whatever foreign country you go to imo, a combination of a number of things ie- heat, different food than proably eaten at home ( prob more too !) over indulgence of drinks!, blah, blah ..........oh and ice cubes in drinks , lolX)
#13
I am all good now cheers.

Whats in their water that makes it that way?
#14
I've been to Turkey twice AND drank the water and was fine! As "shopstilldrops" says, it's not always the food/water... heat can make you ill if you're not used to it and even the pool if it's not properly cleaned and treated! I've been to loads of hot places - Tunisia, Egypt, Singapore, Greece etc and never been ill so maybe it's just luck! They have terrible food standards in a lot of places so if you had a dodgy hotel it could have been that! Not saying you did of course!

Edited By: baffledsalmon on Jul 24, 2010 01:08:
#15
redvee92
I am all good now cheers. Whats in their water that makes it that way?

water has a VERY high mineral content-even the turks dont drink it-I would never believe any barman who told me they made ice with bottled water. Minerals sounds like a good thing,but in this case,it isnt-you are actually poisoning yourself.
#16
baffledsalmon
They have terrible food standards in a lot of places so if you had a dodgy hotel it could have been that! Not saying you did of course!


We ate out every night - apart from a couple of nights when we had pasta at the villa.

Could have been some dodgey chicken kebab we all picked up on the way home ;) Only thing I can see it being really - I only had pizza, steak, pasta - all are ok if not cooked fully. The chicken it may have been.

Edited By: redvee92 on Jul 24, 2010 01:13: Added comments
#17
barky
redvee92
I am all good now cheers. Whats in their water that makes it that way?


water has a VERY high mineral content-even the turks dont drink it-I would never believe any barman who told me they made ice with bottled water. Minerals sounds like a good thing,but in this case,it isnt-you are actually poisoning yourself.


I did wonder if they drank it or not.
#18
i was in egypt a few weeks ago and was not ill at all while i was there. got a tummy bug 3 and a half days after i got back but i blame that on the lady sat next to me on the plane who kept having to rush off to be sick all the way through the flight, yuck!
#19
Never in turkey,but was terrible in Zante,Greece-was sick as a dog!!
#20
shopstilldrops
I think you can get an 'jibby tum' whatever foreign country you go to imo, a combination of a number of things ie- heat, different food than proably eaten at home ( prob more too !) over indulgence of drinks!, blah, blah ..........oh and ice cubes in drinks , lolX)

lol :D
#21
i have always used turkish water to clean my teeth or rinse food..i dont believe it would cause a bad upset unless in volume?
the seals off frozen bottles are burst as the ice swells..its common-place in turkey to freeze it.
#22
barky
redvee92
I am all good now cheers. Whats in their water that makes it that way?


water has a VERY high mineral content-even the turks dont drink it-I would never believe any barman who told me they made ice with bottled water. Minerals sounds like a good thing,but in this case,it isnt-you are actually poisoning yourself.


A bit of scaremongering there!

You're not poisoning yourself at all, it's just that you're used to a different mineral content in the water over here, meaning the concentrations of the minerals in the Turkish water upsets your stomach.

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