Diarrhea Do’s and Don’ts

It is normal that you might experience diarrhea at some point in your lives. Diarrhea, also spelled diarrhea, is the condition of having at least three loose or watery stools each day. It often lasts for a few days and can result in dehydration due to fluid loss. This condition will make you impossible to focus on other things you are working on. At that time, the only thing in mind will probably be the bathroom.

The main causes of diarrhea are viral infections, bacterial infections, consumption of contaminated food and water, anxiety, food intolerances, and intestinal diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Diarrhea can be accompanied by symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and may cause complications like dehydration.

It usually takes two to four days for diarrhea and its accompanying symptoms to disappear completely, depending upon the intensity of the problem.

What can you do about it?

Home treatment can help you treat your diarrhea and avoid other related problems, such as dehydration.

  • It’s important to keep replacing your body’s supply of water and electrolytes, which include sodium, potassium, and chloride. Take frequent, small sips of water or a rehydration drink and small bites of salty crackers.
  • Begin eating mild foods the next day or sooner, depending on how you feel.
  • Use nonprescription antidiarrheal medicine if you have diarrhea for longer than 6 hours. Do not use nonprescription antidiarrheal medicines if you have bloody diarrhea, a high fever, or other signs of serious illness.
  • Rest. Resting is always necessary especially when suffering from diarrhea. Not having enough rest makes the body more susceptible to problems and conditions that might weaken the body overall.

What to avoid?

  1. Avoid certain foods that may make symptoms worse like:
    ·         Alcohol
    ·         Soda
    ·         Other carbonated or caffeinated drinks
    ·         Fried and greasy foods
    ·         Dairy products like milk, butter and cheese 
  2. Decrease bloating by avoiding fruits and vegetables that can cause gas, such as:
    ·         Broccoli
    ·         Beans
    ·         Peas
    ·         Corn
    ·         Prunes
    ·         Chickpeas
    ·         Peppers
  3. Avoid fruit juices since large amounts of fructose can be hard to digest. 
  4. Avoid chewing gum that contains sorbitol.

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