Diarrhea is a condition where feces (poop) is discharged from the bowels frequently and in a liquid form – runny, watery bowel movements. Diarrhea can accompany many health issues (like the common cold or illnesses caused by eating spoiled food) or it can occur on its own. It can be very uncomfortable, but it is usually easily treated. Here are some common diarrhea treatment options:
Consult a Physician
If you or a loved one have diarrhea for several days without change, you should probably talk to your doctor to determine if there is a more serious problem. After examining you, they can decide the most cause of your diarrhea and begin the best course of treatment.
Drink Lots of Water
Due to the frequency and fluidity of bowel movements during the illness, diarrhea can dehydrate your body. It’s important to drink lots of water while experiencing diarrhea to keep your body as hydrated as possible until you are feeling better. Please consult your physician if you think you’ve become too dehydrated as it can lead to the development of other medical issues.
Take Anti-Diarrhea Medication
You can easily buy medicine that treats diarrhea at your local drug store. These medicines work to stop the frequency and fluidity of your stools. Most diarrhea medication is liquid and taken orally.
Adults Can Alter Their Diet
According to WebMD, many doctors recommend the BRAT diet to help alleviate diarrhea symptoms. The BRAT diet includes foods that are bland and gentle on your stomach:
- Rice (white)
However, it is no longer recommended to alter the diets of children who are ill.
Diarrhea is a serious condition, but thankfully it is treatable in most cases. More importantly, it can also be avoided. People often get diarrhea by putting something contaminated with germs into their mouth.
Frequently washing your hands with antibacterial soap, especially before eating is one way to prevent contracting diarrhea. If someone in your family has diarrhea, ensure they are thoroughly washing their hands to avoid spreading the disease.