Diarrhea is one of the most common types of gastrointestinal infections that causes frequent, as well as an excessive discharge of the bowels, especially in the form of watery stools. In India, as we have started experiencing summer and monsoons widely across the country, there are more chances that we get infected with the microbes causing diarrhea. We, at PharmaSynth Formulations, recommend you to acquire some basic knowledge about how to treat this discomfort-causing gastrointestinal infection effectively, so you can manage the problem effectively and efficiently if at all you or any of your family members get affected by diarrhea. Continue reading to know how to effectively treat diarrhea at home here…
Keep yourself hydrated:
For a person experiencing diarrhea, staying hydrated is vital. Dehydration is one of the complications caused by diarrhea and it can be dangerous and even fatal in children and the elderly. So, how can you stay hydrated? Find below:
Oral Rehydration Solutions:
Oral Rehydration Solutions or what you call it as ORS would make sense as they have sugar and salt contents, thereby allowing water content to be more easily taken up. You can get these oral rehydration solutions easily from the drug stores in your neighborhood. Ask for Vitalyte ORS, which is an electrolyte glucose powder which comes in lemon-orange flavor and is loaded with vitamin C.
In other ways, you can stay hydrated by consuming clear broths and plenty of water. However, you cannot rely on this remedy if you are traveling to other places because you will not know about the quality of the water you get there.
Stop the following drinks:
There are a few drinks that can worsen your diarrheal symptoms. So, if you want to prevent dehydration and to stay yourself hydrated, you must stay away from the following drinks at least until the symptoms go off:
- Sugary drinks
- Other dairy products
Eat a bland diet:
When you are experiencing diarrhea, you must try to keep your diet as bland as possible. For the first 24 hours of the onset of diarrhea, we would recommend you to stick to only clear liquids as described above. After 24 hours, you can slowly start adding bland foods that contain more of the following things to your diet:
These are mild foods that will not hurt your stomach when at the same time they can help soothe your stomach, thus helping in quick recovery.
To start with, probiotics are the good bacteria that will act in your intestinal tract for creating a healthy gut atmosphere. The logic behind using probiotics for diarrhea is that the good bacteria that live in the intestinal tract are essential for the proper functioning of the gastrointestinal system. These bacteria are playing an important role in saving your intestines from getting infected. The reason why you get diarrhea is that this normal atmosphere is altered by antibiotics or overloaded with unhealthy bacteria/viruses. In this line, probiotics would help you by restoring the normal flora in your gut.
Lactobion Forte capsules are offering a balanced blend of probiotics with B-vitamins. The Lactic Acid Bacillus content of the capsules, when introduced into your gastrointestinal gut, will promote the normal bacteria in your body. Therefore, it’s recommended that you take Lactobion Forte for effectively managing diarrhea at home.
Other foods that can act as natural probiotics are:
- Aged soft cheese
- Cottage cheese
- Dark chocolate
- Green olives
- Sourdough bread
Consider over-the-counter drugs:
There are several over-the-counter medications that can help you in effectively managing the symptoms of your diarrhea. In this line, medications like ONOVA-OZ and Mangogyl-OZwill help you with this. Onova-OZ is the combination of Ofloxacin and Ornidazole and has both antiprotozoals, as well as antibacterial properties. This is designed to treat diarrhea in adults that are caused by bacteria or amoeba. Mangogyl-OZ is also a combination of Ofloxacin and Ornidazole, which comes in mango flavor. This again will help treat your diarrhea effectively.
Go for starchy foods:
Apart from the foods that are mentioned above, starchy foods will be helpful in easing out the stomach. Suggestions for starchy foods can include precooked rice and tapioca cereals. However, while trying to take these foods, you must avoid adding too much sugar and/or salt as they could aggravate your diarrhea. Besides the rice and tapioca, you can also opt for potatoes to help restore your nutrients when at the same time comforting your stomach. However, don’t go for fried potatoes like French fries because they can aggravate the symptoms.
Consume cooked carrots:
Eating cooked carrots can also help you with diarrhea management. As you might be aware, when you have diarrhea, your body will lose a number of vital elements, as well as nutrients. Consuming carrots during diarrhea will help tackle these issues. Besides this, carrots also contain some excellent antiseptic and antioxidant properties that can help in a quicker recovery of diarrhea when at the same time helping to replenish the nutrients that are lost during the infection. Furthermore, it will also help sort out the other issues linked to diarrhea by improving your immunity and preventing further nutrient losses.
Try out peppermint:
Taking peppermint in the form of peppermint tea can be an effective method to treat diarrhea symptoms and thus, relieve your discomfort. The logic behind using peppermint for diarrhea is that peppermint can soothe your upset stomach when at the same time helping you with digestion. Moreover, it has a numbing and calming effect, thus helping to deal with other related issues like headaches and nausea. Furthermore, peppermint has some excellent antiviral, antifungal, as well as antibacterial properties, with methyl salicylate and menthol offering antispasmodic effects that can provide a natural calming effect on your gastrointestinal tract.
Not only in the form of tea but you can take peppermint in the other forms like tincture, capsules, or oils. However, if you want to use peppermint in your children, be cautious, because applying peppermint oil to your infant’s face can cause some life-threatening breathing problems.