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How To Treat Diarrhea

October 5, 2013 No Comments

You don’t just keep on eating like today might be your last day on earth – that most definitely not how to treat diarrhea. Perhaps you just don’t realize the real truth of it. All that stool and liquid bowel movements like all the time and round the clock, and all of that dehydration that comes with it, not to mention the electrolyte imbalance and all whatnot – it may all be part of diarrhea, but it still does not make diarrhea a disease by its own right. Nope, diarrhea is actually more of a symptom than an actual malady, and the first thing you want to do is determine why it is that you are suffering from the ailment, before you start working overtime to try and solve the complication.

More often than otherwise, diarrhea is the cause of viral gastroenteritis with rotavirus; however, there are other causes for the suffering as well, such as bacterial infections, Crohn’s disease, mushroom poisoning, or actually almost any other kind of poisoning that there is. It could be infections, it could be malabsorption, it could stem from inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic ethanol ingestions, ischemic bowel disease, hormone secreting tumors, or it could even be of no apparent cause, as is the case with toddlers diarrhea.

Yep, rule #1, you want to find out why you suffer from diarrhea before you try and solve it. However, there are things you can do that may slow the frequency of visits to the toilet, lessen the pain or discomfort from the suffering, or even stop the dehydration, pending the time you actually determine the cause and treat it. The first and most important is rehydration, which is all about drinking a lot of water. The second is best rest, giving your body the chance to fight it by itself. And the third is, well, abstinence from food, at least, until you know that it is not the food you are eating that it is coming from.

Now you may consider the medications and other treatments, such as antibiotics, antimotility agents, zinc, codeine phosphate, and bismuth compounds… but let that be the doctor’s call, will you?

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