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By Dr Tushar Sanklecha
Gastroenterology
Published on 1/05/2022
  • Are you a big foodie who can't say NO to outside food? But this craving can get you in trouble!
    Cravings for pizza or some other type of spicy, salty, fried or greasy foods, dairy, and sugar substitutes can upset your stomach and irritate the digestive tract. This can cause you diarrhea.
    When someone gets diarrhoea after eating outside food, they may experience loose, watery stools or bowel movements along with stomach cramps. This can happen any time and can be quite uncomfortable, but it usually doesn’t indicate any serious health problem.
    Diarrhea is either acute or chronic based on how long the symptoms last. Acute diarrhoea usually lasts a few days or weeks. On the other hand, chronic diarrhoea can continue for weeks or months.
  • What Causes Diarrhea?

  • Many different factors may trigger diarrhea. Acute diarrhea that lasts more than three days, is usually due to viral or bacterial infection. Chronic diarrhoea, on the other hand, is more likely to be caused by underlying digestive problems including food intolerance, IBS, Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis, and can last for two weeks or longer. Antibiotics, antacids, and antihypertensive medications are among the most prevalent causes of diarrhoea.
  • Quick remedies for food-borne diarrhea

  • Many of the conditions that cause diarrhea require medical treatment, but these four lifestyle treatments may help ease the problem:
  • Rice water:

  • Rice water can be another fast and an effective remedy for diarrhea. Boil 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes. Strain the rice and keep the water for later use. Rice water not only hydrates your body, but it also helps to reduce the duration of diarrhoea. In the digestive tract, rice water has a binding action, resulting in firmer, bulkier stools.
  • Oral Rehydration Solution

  • Multiple motions can make you feel weak and dehydrated. ORS can be administered to maintain the salt level in your body while giving you the energy you need.
  • BRAT diet:

  • BRAT is a diet that can help you get rid of diarrhoea quickly. BRAT (Bananas Rice Aplesauce Toast) is an effective diet due to the bland nature of these foods, and the fact that they’re starchy, low-fiber foods. These foods have a binding effect in the digestive tract, resulting in larger faeces.
  • Anti-diarrheal medication:

  • The people should stay at home, and drink enough fluids and electrolytes. But if you are not at your home, take an anti-diarrheal medication. This may help to minimise or eliminate loose stools after the first dose. Have over-the-counter products like Imodium or Pepto-Bismol, which have the ingredients loperamide and bismuth subsalicylate, respectively.
    The active ingredient in Imodium works quickly by slowing the flow of fluid through the intestines and this can quickly restore normal bowel function. Pepto-Bismol, on the other hand, helps in the killing of germs that cause diarrhoea
  • Antibiotics:

  • Antibiotics may be required if diarrhoea is caused by bacteria or a parasite. In this situation, diarrhoea might occur after consuming contaminated food or water, which is common while travelling.
  • Reduce stress:

  • The mind has a great deal of control over the stomach. When you're stressed or worried, you're more likely to upset your stomach. Learning to manage stress and anxiety only for mental health, but also for digestive health.
  • When to see the doctor

    Diarrhea is not often a serious concern. However, serious complications are possible, so check with the doctor if you experience any of these additional symptoms:

    Frequency:

  • if you experience diarrhoea multiple times a week for more than three weeks or if you have diarrhoea for three days in a row, consult the doctor soon.
  • Fever:

  • Seek medical help if you have diarrhoea and a fever over 102°F (38.8°C)
  • Dehydration:

  • When you have diarrhoea, it's important that you stay hydrated. Despite the diarrhoea, staying hydrated with water or electrolyte drinks will help you stay healthy. However, If there is any sign of dehydration, seek medical help. The following are signs of dehydration:
    • Extreme thirst
    • Confusion
    • Muscle cramps
    • Dark-colored urine

    Pain:

  • Check with the doctor if you're having frequent diarrhoea but also feeling significant abdominal or rectal pain during a BM.
  • Discolored stool:

  • If you notice any black, grey, or bloody stools, talk with the doctor. These can indicate a more serious gastrointestinal problem.
  • Troubled with diarrhea? Consult Our Expert Gastroenterologist NOW!

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