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Diarrhea: What You Need To Know When You Gotta Go

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.

You also need 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.

How Can I Feel Better?

If your rectal area becomes sore because of frequent bowel movements, or if you have itching, burning, or pain when you go to the bathroom, do the following:

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

 

WebMD Medical Reference

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