Dealing with diarrhea is not a pleasant experience, but it can also be dangerous especially if you don't get the proper treatment. If you experience diarrhea, it can cause a myriad of side effects including dehydration and even an irregular heartbeat. Thankfully, there are several forms of diarrhea remedies you can try to help you feel better.
No matter what kind of diarrhea treatment you use, it's important to include staying hydrated as part of your treatment plan. When you have diarrhea, you can lose more water than normal, which can put you at risk for dehydration. Make sure you drink clear liquids which can include water or broth, throughout the day to help you feel better. Ideally, you should drink around eight to 12 cups of water or other liquids per day while you're dealing with diarrhea. You can also purchase an electrolyte product to help keep your levels in check.
In most cases, you will simply need to wait for diarrhea to pass. However, there are some over the counter diarrhea remedies you can try that may ease your symptoms. One product contains an ingredient called loperamide. This ingredient can slow down the movement of food through your intestines so your body can absorb liquid more effectively. Another product such as Pepto-Bismol contains something called bismuth subsalicylate. This ingredient helps to balance the fluid in and through your digestive tract so that the diarrhea can be less intense. Always talk to your doctor or CVS pharmacist before starting any medications.
For most people, diarrhea occurs when they eat something that their stomach may not agree with. You will likely learn which foods "trigger" diarrhea so you can avoid eating them in the future. Fried, fatty, and spicy foods can cause diarrhea in some people. If you notice that you have this problem after eating these types of foods, it's best to try and reduce them from your diet. If you do end up having diarrhea for more than two days and you feel lightheaded or notice other symptoms, talk to your doctor as soon as possible so they can determine the cause and recommend any further treatment if it's needed.