Can Diarrhea Be Treated at Home?


Quick Answer

It is possible to treat diarrhea at home with over-the-counter medicines, regular fluid intake and mild foods, as stated by WebMD. If the diarrhea doesn't go away, becomes more severe or if dehydration occurs, it is time to get medical treatment.

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Can Diarrhea Be Treated at Home?
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Full Answer

Diarrhea is an unpleasant affliction defined by frequent watery, loose bowels, cramping and discomfort. Severe diarrhea can lead some people to the hospital, but mild cases can be treated at home, according to WebMD.

  1. Take over-the-counter medications
  2. When diarrhea lasts longer than 6 hours, an OTC anti-diarrheal can help ease symptoms. Be careful of using these medications if other more severe symptoms are present, such as bloody stools or a high fever.

  3. Stay hydrated
  4. While experiencing diarrhea, try to drink small sips of water or a rehydrating drink, such as a sports drink. If dealing with more severe diarrhea, try to up the fluid intake to about 1 quart an hour. Do this until the diarrhea slows down or passes.

  5. Eat mild foods
  6. Avoid upsetting the bowels any further by sticking with soft or semi-liquid mild foods. Do not eat spicy foods, fruit or drink alcohol for 48 hours after the diarrhea. Avoid sorbitol and do not drink milk for up to 3 days after the episode.

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