Everyone reading this have experienced bouts of diarrhea at some points in their lives. Also, many people will reach for Imodium the moment a loose stool appears.
Before you take that next Imodium pill, note that few episodes of diarrhea are not an indication for unnecessary use of antibiotics.
Diarrhea is often your body’s way of dealing with disruptions in your gastrointestinal system; it is a sign that your body is trying to get rid of something, and according to leading GI physicians and health professionals, it’s better to let it ‘flush’ any bacteria or toxins out of the body.
Most cases are caused by viral gastroenteritis and will go away on its own within two to three days. the drugs are really more appropriate for frequent or severe diarrhea than an incidental bout.
If you have diarrhea for only 2-3 days, you should some helpful home remedies to treat your mild bout of diarrhea without the use of pills.
Use rehydration treatments.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- You may also take an oral rehydration solution to replace lost fluids and salts and help you prevent dehydration.
- Avoid coffee, caffeinated drinks, prune juice, sugary drinks, sodas, and alcohol, all of which have a laxative effect. It is also a good idea to avoid dairy products
- Take probiotics in food or supplement form as it might help shorten your mild bout of diarrhea.
- Eat banana to help restore the potassium your lost from the diarrhea.
If your diarrhea lasting more than two days may be a sign of a serious condition.
When to see a healthcare professional
You should consult your healthcare professional if:
- Symptoms get worse.
- Diarrhea lasts for more than two days.
- You have a fever.
- Blood or mucus in your stools.
- Babies under three months with diarrhea should be taken to a doctor or emergency room immediately.
- Do not wait or try to treat the condition at home.