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  • By Admin
  • 05 Aug 2017

We all must have experienced bouts of diarrhea at some point in our lives. Having diarrhea on occasion is nothing to worry about. If bowel movements of a more liquid consistency, or an increase in the number or volume of bowel movements occur, it is called diarrhea. The causes of diarrhea can range from stomach flu to a meal or just an ingredient that you ate and was not digested well. Common symptoms of diarrhea include frequent thin or watery stools, abdominal cramping, nausea and bloating. Before describing the treatment, let's see the causes behind it.


  • Bacteria which are involved in diarrhea-producing infections include Salmonella and E. coli. Contaminated food and water are common sources of bacterial infections.
  • Rotavirus, norovirus, and other kinds of viral gastroenteritis, commonly referred to as stomach flu, are among the viruses that can cause explosive diarrhea. It is especially common among school-age children, in hospitals and nursing homes.
  • People with inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis and those who are allergic to lactose found in dairy products, are known to suffer more from diarrhea.


  1. Try to increase your fluid intake to at least 1 qt (1 L) per hour for 1 to 2 hours, and include fruit juices or broths.
  2. Avoid spicy foods, fruits, alcohol, caffeine, milk, butter, ice cream and cheese, until 48 hours after all symptoms have disappeared.
  3. Avoid chewing gum that contains sorbitol.
  4. Avoid foods that are likely to cause intestinal gas, such as cabbage, beans and broccoli.
  5. Avoid milk for 3 days. You can eat cheese or yogurt with probiotics often called good bacteria- It may shorten the duration of a bout of diarrhea. Probiotics have become very popular these days and can be found in a number of foods, including yogurt.
  6. Take starchy foods like cereal, rice, potatoes, and soups made without milk.
  7. Sanitation is very crucial. Wash your hands with soap and warm water, especially before taking food, after using the toilet, or after changing a diaper.
  8. If you are traveling to an area where water purity is a concern, stick with bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth. Wash properly raw fruit or vegetables before eating.


  • Use nonprescription anti diarrheal medicine, if you are suffering from diarrhea for more than 6 hours.
  • Take antispasmodic, such as Imodium A-D and Pepto diarrhea control. It aids in slowing intestinal spasms. These medicines are only to be taken for a day or two.
  • Avoid using nonprescription anti diarrheal medicines, if you have bloody diarrhea, a high fever, or other signs of serious illness.
  • Diarrhea is usually short lived, but if not treated on time, could lead to severe complications that require urgent medical care like severe dehydration, chronic diarrhea, and hemolytic uremic syndrome, caused due to E. coli infection and most often seen in children and older adults.
  • If your symptoms persist for more than few days and include boating and bleeding gas, and home remedies also don t work, then consult your physician it.

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