How can I relieve the symptoms of diarrhea?

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Home remedies can help relieve the symptoms of diarrhea and aid your body in recovery. Usually, diarrhea subsides within a few days with home treatments. Here are some key points to follow:
  • Stay hydrated. Take frequent sips of water, clear broth, or a rehydration drink.
  • Avoid antidiarrheal drugs during the first six hours of experiencing symptoms. Diarrhea may be your body's way of getting rid of what's causing your condition, such as bacteria or a viral infection.
  • Don't use antidiarrheal medications if you have other signs of illness, such as fever or severe abdominal pain.
  • Eat small portions of bland foods. Think BRAT: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast (dry).
  • Try adding other foods (e.g., plain cooked carrots or boiled potatoes) when you can tolerate the foods above.
  • Avoid milk and other dairy products, which may irritate your bowel.
  • Avoid spicy and fatty foods. They can be difficult to digest and tough on a sensitive bowel.
  • Avoid sugary-sweet juices and sodas, which can make symptoms worse.

If symptoms don't improve within a few days, contact a doctor.

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