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Diarrhea: Why It Happens and How To Treat It

What’s the Treatment?

If your case is mild, you may not need to take anything. Or you can take an over-the-counter medicine such as bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate) or loperamide (Imodium) which are available as liquids or tablets. Follow the instructions on the package.

If you have itching, burning, soreness, or pain in your rectal area because you have a lot of bowel movements, try these tips to feel better: 

  • Take a warm bath. Afterwards, pat the area dry (do not rub) with a clean, soft towel.
  • Use a hemorrhoid cream or try white petroleum jelly.

Do your best to stay hydrated. You should drink at least six 8-ounce glasses of fluid each day. Choose fruit juice without pulp, broth, or soda (without caffeine). Chicken broth (without the fat), tea with honey, and sports drinks are also good choices. 

Instead of drinking liquids with your meals, drink liquids between meals. Sip small amounts of fluids often.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on June 27, 2015
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