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How to stop diarrhea fast

To stop diarrhea quickly, it is recommended you eat foods that are able to hold the intestine, in addition to drinking plenty of fluids, to replenish lost water and minerals, and to consume probiotics as they can help to replenish the intestinal flora faster, stopping to diarrhea.

Usually diarrhea lasts for 3 to 4 days, but if it lasts more days or other symptoms appear, it is important to go to the doctor because it can be an infection that must be treated with the use of medication.

What to eat

It is possible to stop diarrhea by controlling your diet and therefore it is recommended you eat well-cooked fruits and vegetables such as potatoes, zucchini, rice, apple or banana, as well as water-rich foods such as gelatin or vegetable soup, for example. It is also recommended you drink plenty of fluids, such as water, coconut water or homemade whey, as they restore the minerals lost in diarrhea. Learn what to eat if you have diarrhea.

Your diet can treat diarrhea by holding bowel movements, therefore avoiding diarrhea. However, it is not recommended you try to stop diarrhea by taking medication like Imosec, for example, because in some cases diarrhea is an attempt by the body to expel some microorganism present in the digestive system. The use of this type of medication should be indicated by your doctor. It may also be recommended, you take probiotics during diarrhea as it can help to replenish intestinal flora faster.

Tips for stopping diarrhea

Some helpful tips to stop diarrhea faster are:

  1. Drink homemade saline solution several times a day, because the serum can help restore water and some of the minerals lost during a diarrhea crisis. Here's how to prepare saline solution
  2. Eat 1 apple without peel, 1 banana or 1 guava;
  3. Eat a dish of mason porridge;
  4. Take yakult or other fermented milk;
  5. Eat mashed potatoes with shredded chicken and well-cooked rice;
  6. Drink black, chamomile or guava leaf tea;
  7. Avoid fatty foods, eggs, chocolate, coffee, alcoholic beverages, because they can irritate the intestine and may cause diarrhea.

Another good hint for regulating your gut is to buy a repository of intestinal flora, such as Floratil, for example in a pharmacy, because the bacteria that belong to the intestinal flora are restored, favoring recovery and can decrease the diarrheal crisis.

What can cause diarrhea

Diarrhea can be caused by bacteria or viruses present in the food we eat and may be accompanied by a fever. When you can see blood in your stools, it is called dysentery, which is usually caused by the bacteria Salmonella sp., Shigella sp. and Campylobacter sp.

In addition to infections, which are called gastroenteritis or food poisoning, diarrhea can happen as a result of using some medication, especially antibiotics and a food allergy or intolerance, where whenever a person eats a particular food, diarrhea occurs. 

The birth of the baby's first teeth can also cause diarrhea and so when a 6 to 8 month old baby has diarrhea but no fever, parents can look at the gums to see if any teeth are being born. If in doubt, it is important to take the baby to the pediatrician so that the cause of diarrhea can be identified.

When to go to the doctor

It is advised to go to the doctor when the diarrhea is very strong, very frequent, is accompanied by a fever or intense abdominal pain. If diarrhea does not go away after 2 days you should go to the doctor because it may be necessary to take a more specific medication, because diarrhea may be associated with another disease.

When an individual has frequent cases of diarrhea they should make an appointment with a gastroenterologist because they may be sick or there has been some change in the bowel, which can and should be treated. So, severe diarrhea may cause other problems such as anal fissures, which should be treated using healing ointments. 

It is also possible to control diarrhea with the use of home remedies such as chamomile tea and apple syrup, for example, but it is important that they complement the treatment prescribed by your doctor.

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