How to Relieve Diarrhea

Diarrhea treatment depends on what’s causing it in the first place. Generally, doctors may prescribe certain over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications to treat mild diarrhea. However, these should be avoided by patients passing bloody stools.

If an infection is causing the diarrhea, antibiotics may be prescribed, as well as absorbents, which bind the water in the small intestine and colon to make the stool harder. Sometimes, anti-motility medications may be given to relax the muscles of the small intestine and colon.

Ideally, you’ll want to adopt a healthier lifestyle and diet. This would include avoiding caffeine, which often has laxative effects, as well as spices and fried foods that can often worsen the condition.


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