Diarrhea

What Is Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is a condition where one has atleast three to four loose or liquid bowel movements each day. It is also a symptom of bowel infection caused by a virus (norovirus or rotavirus) or a bacteria (Campylobacter, Clostridium difficleEcoli).

What Triggers Diarrhea ?

  • Food allergy/ poisoning
  • Viral gastroenteritis
  • Emotional upset or stress
  • Overeating
  • Indigestion
  • Excess alcohol
  • Use of certain medications
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Drinking contaminated water

How Would You Know If You Have Diarrhea?

  • The most common symptom includes loose and watery bowel movements
  • It may be accompanied by fever and cramping abdominal pain
  • Lack of bowel control

What Should You Do In Case Diarrhea Worsens?

  • In most cases, diarrhea can be self-treated at home. However, in case the symptoms persists longer than four days, you must see a doctor
  • In case you have diarrhea with blood or mucus, may sure you see a doctor
  • Your doctor may examine you physically and suggest a few medical tests of blood and stool

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) is the first line of treatment for diarrhea. It helps to replace the fluids lost from the body and does not let the body get dehydrated
  • To stay hydrated, drink plenty of water at regular intervals
  • You may choose to add lime, sugar and a pinch of salt to water, rather than gulping down plain water
  • In adverse conditions, the doctor may prescribe you anti-diarrheal medicines and antibiotics to get rid of the bacterial infection
  • Avoid intake of caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea and cola drinks
  • Avoid oily and fatty foods
  • Avoid intake of dairy products till the time loose stools continue

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Diarrhea?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms and to speed up your recovery

1. Curd (Dahi)

Ingredients: Curd Apple/ Banana

Ways to Use:

Have a bowl full of curd after every five hours, atleast thrice a day. You may choose to add fruits such as apple or banana for added benefits.

2. Banana

Ingredients: Banana

Ways to Use:

Have two to three bananas a day. It will not only keep you full  but also help you deal with diarrhea.

3. Chamomile Tea

Ingredients: Chamomile Tea Peppermint Water

Ways to Use:

You can enjoy the taste of chamomile tea by steeping one teaspoon of tea leaves. You may also add peppermint leaves to add flavor to the same. Drink this tea atleast two times a day.

4. Ginger Tea

Ingredients: Ginger Tea

Ways to Use:

To a cup of boiling water, add sliced ginger. You may add a teaspoon of honey. Wait for the tea to cool down a little. Consume the tea when it is lukewarm.

 

So, we suggest that at the very first place, make sure you practice good hygiene and do not consume food that may be contaminated. However, if you happen to be struck by diarrhea, go ahead and try these natural remedies to deal with it the easy way. In case your symptoms worsen or do not improve in a couple of days, consult a doctor.

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