When diarrhea attacks, you will feel heartburn, followed by a strong urge to defecate, then diarrhea. This condition can happen to anyone, anytime. It can even last for a few weeks, so it can affect your daily life.
The cause of diarrhea is diverse, but the most common is from a bad habit that we have. For example, eating foods that are not clean or not washing your hands.
Steven Kussin, MD, a New York gastroenterologist and author of Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now, as reported by Every Day Health , said that washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the presence of germs and bacteria that can cause bacteria.
“The American Society of Microbiology found that 97% of women and 92% of men say they wash their hands after using the toilet. In fact, only 75% of women and 58% of men actually do it,” said Dr. Kussin.
According to Dr. Kussin, simply by washing hands regularly, you can do to stop diarrhea, or at least prevent it from getting worse.
But when you’ve already had diarrhea and you do not want it to get worse, there are some foods that you should avoid first.
Avoid dairy products
Dairy products can make your condition worse. Sandra Quezada, MD, assistant professor at the University of Maryland, as reported by WebMD, suggested that if you are experiencing chronic diarrhea, stopping all dairy consumption can keep your diarrhea in control.
“One of the most common foods and beverages that can cause chronic diarrhea are those containing lactose and lactose contained in any dairy products,” said Sandra.
Fiber is good for the body and should always be in your diet. However, Dr. Kussin suggests you should limit high-fiber foods such as vegetables and whole grains because it would be difficult to digest when you have diarrhea.
In addition to restricting fiber intake, you should avoid foods that contain gluten – a protein contained in processed products such as wheat flour. Usually, people who have to avoid gluten is people with celiac disease (inability to process gluten). Even if you do not suffer from celiac disease, you will feel better from avoiding gluten, especially when you have diarrhea.
This diet is also suggested by Dr. Kussin, who suggested that patients should eat simple foods like soup, toast, lean meat, and drink plenty of water.
Greasy and fatty foods
Douglas A. Drossman, MD, professor of the University of North Carolina, said oily and fatty foods can tense the abdominal muscles, making diarrhea worse.
“These foods can slow gastric emptying, which makes people feel bloated,” said Douglas.
Alcohol and caffeine
Both alcohol and caffeine, both of which can cause you diarrhea. If you used to drink coffee in the morning or at night, you should stop for a while so as not to aggravate your condition.
Medications that stop diarrhea
“When you have acute diarrheal problems, the cure is the diarrhea. Getting rid of the offending agent through evacuation is important and not to be interfered with,” said Dr. Kussin.
If you want to take medication, look for a drug that can fight diarrhea-causing virus. Do not use anti-diarrheal drugs that stop the frequency of bowel movements.
So, what to do?
Drink, drink, drink
Diarrhea can make you lose a lot of fluids. So, you have to keep yourself hydrated. Fruit juice, crackers, and other foods or soft drinks containing sodium, such as soups and broth, can replace the lost volume of fluid and electrolytes.
Wash hands regularly
The easiest way for you to avoid germs and bacteria is to wash your hands thoroughly on a regular basis. This method is extremely simple, but many people do not do it properly or not at all.
“When you do wash, scrub your palms, the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails, and do it for at least 20 seconds. Also, make sure to lather up before and after preparing food, before and after eating it, and each time you touch your pet or use the toilet,” said Dr. Kussin.
When things get worse, do not ignore the symptoms
If you severe diarrhea for more than 4 weeks, bloody diarrhea, diarrhea occurs only in the evenings, or diarrhea followed by abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, fever, and weight loss, consult a doctor immediately. Examination in a doctor is the best choice to make in case diarrhea is a sign of a more serious health condition.
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Review Date: March 11, 2017 | Last Modified: March 11, 2017
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