Ah! The time sure reminds you of your childhood memories. But of course, not the good ones. So diarrhea is not letting you get up from your toilet seat? Stuck in the toilet you must be wondering how to tackle the already existing workload and pending tasks. Nothing stays in the stomach and comes out like a fountain. Diarrhea is the most irritating disease, if not painful, one can suffer from. The intermittent run to toilet and lastly you being bedridden because of dehydration and loss of minerals are the signature results of diarrhea.
Causes of Diarrhea:
Generally Diarrhea caused by virus that infects the gut. Most of people called it stomach flu or intestinal flu.
Causes of Diarrhea include:
Viruses: There are various viruses that are responsible for cause of diarrhea such as
Rotavirus: This is the most common virus diarrhea in children’s or infants.
Norwalk or Norovirus: This is most common in adults and in school going children’s
Adenovirus: This is common for all age groups
Bacteria: This bacteria causes the most serious cases of diarrhea. Contaminated food and water may be responsible to transmit bacteria. This may cause various symptoms like fever, vomiting and abdominal cramps.
Parasites: They cause infection of the digestive system. This is caused by contaminated water.
Allergies to foods: Artificial sweeteners and lactose one of the food that is responsible to cause diarrhea. Because many people difficulty in digesting lactose.
Reaction from medicines: some medicines such as cancer related drug, weight loss drug, antibiotics may cause diarrhea.
Surgery: If anyone undergoing with any abdominal and gallbladder removal surgery. In that case people may experience diarrhea.
Symptoms of Diarrhea:
- Frequent Watery or liquid stools
- Abdominal cramps or pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Bloating or gas in your belly
- Weight loss
Diagnosis and Tests:
Physical examination: First of all doctors check your fever, pulse rate, signs of dehydration, abdominal pain and blood pressure.
Stool test: Doctors take some sample from your stool to determine presence of bacteria or parasites.
Blood tests: This test helps to determine cause of diarrhea.
Colonoscopy: In this physician determine infections or some abnormalities that cause diarrhea.
Imaging tests: Some imaging tests such as CT scans, X-rays should be performed to check abnormalities specially when pain is too high.
How to Get Rid of Diarrhea Naturally
Why Does it Happen-
The chief reason behind diarrhea is the villainous bacteria that causes infection in the stomach. The other reasons can be inflammatory bowel movement and other stomach disorders.
Home Remedies for Diarrhea
It is easy on your digestive system and gives you a good bowel movement. It thickens the stool and controls the flow.
The probioticyogurt is very good for diarrhea. The good bacteria in yogurt fight the bad bacteria of diarrhea and relieve you from the oscillatory movement to and from toilet.
White toasts absorb the excess water in the bowel because of the starch it has. It is also easy to digest and doesn’t upset the stomach.
Apple may be a good source of fiber and help in constipation but apple sauce is just the right medicine for diarrhea. Do not add sugar in the sauce and you are good to go! It makes the stool bulky.
Both the ingredients of the tea help immensely in controlling diarrhea and the warmth gives relief to the cramped muscles of the abdomen. The tea also helps in retaining the water in the body and saving you from dehydration.
Cinnamon and cumin seeds
These spices are very good for any kind of stomach inflammation.
– Grind dry ginger, cinnamon and cumin seeds
– Add honey and make a thick paste
– Eat a spoon of the paste two times a day
Boil the cardamom seeds in water for few minutes and then drink that water. You can add honey to make it taste good.
If you are feeling very weak because of the water loss, then eat a spoonful of honey. Honey is an instant energy source and provides the body with the required energy for its metabolism.
Drink low sugar content fruit juices
They provide mineral and water to compensate the loss.
Rice has starch which is good for diarrhea. Brown rice has vitamin B which controls the diarrhea and reduces the frequency of your visits to toilet.
This tea works wonderfully to get rid of diarrhea. It helps in soothing digestive system. So, when you feel diarrhea then drinking chamomile tea is a good option for you.
Orange peel tea is effective for diarrhea as this is useful to improve digestive system.
Tip: Wash the orange, peel it off and gently chop it. Take water in a pan add these peels on it and boil for few minutes. Add honey instead of sugar once it cool down. Drink this tea twice in a day.
If you are suffering from diarrhea it gives you good result as it is starchy food. This helps to restore nutrients.
Tip: Boil 2-3 potato or you can also boil potato with rice and add salt in it as it comforts your upset stomach. Make sure not to eat fried potato such as fried rice.
Alternative Treatments of diarrhea:
Antibiotics: Antibiotics helps to get rid from diarrhea that is caused by bacteria. Even if you have severe diarrhea caused by bacteria is go away from your life. But Antibiotics are not effective in case of viruses.
Over-the-counter : loperamide, bismuth subsalicylate are the OTC drugs that are used to treat diarrhea. These are not recommended for infants and children.
Electrolyte solutions: It is useful to prevent salt deficiency. These are easily available at grocery and drug stores. Take 1 tablespoon of these electrolyte solutions in every 15 minutes.
Fluids: if people have a severe diarrhea and have deficiency of fluid and salt then doctors insert fluid intravenously.
How to prevent diarrhea:
- Wash your hands frequently sneezing, coughing, and blowing your nose and before and after preparing food.
- Rub your hands to produce Lather of soap for at least 20 seconds. By maintaining proper hygiene you can easily stop diarrhea problem.
- Use alcohol based hand sanitizer. Keep in mind you have to apply lotion on both front and back of your hand.
- Refrigerate your food after it has been cooked. Food at room temperature may encourage bacteria to taste your food.
- While working in kitchen make sure to sweep floor and work surfaces several times.
- You can drink various fluids such as soda, purified or boiled water, wine and beer. Avoid tap or running water.
- When you are travelling from one place to another avoid foods from street vendors or drinks with ice cubes as they are unsafe.
- Eat hot and well cooked foods. Avoid dairy products, raw Fruits and vegetables and undercooked meats