What is diarrhea?

Diarrhea is loose, watery stools which usually pass at least three times a day.

Acute diarrhea usually lasts 1 or 2 days and goes away on its own without special treatment. This type of diarrhea is usually related to a bacterial, viral, or parasitic infection. Since dehydration becomes a risk, if it persists longer than 2 days, seek medical attention.

Chronic diarrhea is usually related to functional disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease.

For acute diarrhea, try to drink flat ginger ale or water; or suck ice chips. Do not take any aspirin type products or antidiarrheal products for 5 to 6 hours, this will let the bacteria flush out. After the nausea subsides, slowly begin a bland diet.

For chronic diarrhea try some of the following remedies.  "One of the leading causes of diarrhea in this country is lactose intolerance , says  William Y. Chey, M.D.  Therefore,  avoid lactose-containing foods, which means staying away from most dairy products, with the exception of yogurt and some aged cheeses, such as cheddar. 

Another possible cause could be heartburn related.  "Antacids (which are normally high in magnesium) are the most common cause of drug-related diarrhea," says Harris Clearfield, M.D. Click on heartburn to find natural remedies.

As the diarrhea begins to subside, try clear liquids and gelatin desserts.  If tolerated, introduce the BRAT diet, ie. bananas, rice cereal, applesauce, and toast.  Then, gradually try other foods to see how they are tolerated.

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