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How can you feel better when you have diarrhea?

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Diarrhea should go away in a few days without treatment. Until you feel better, rest, drink enough fluids, and watch what you eat.

Your body loses water with each trip to the bathroom. If you lose too much, you can get dehydrated. It's important to keep drinking fluids. 

Drink clear liquids -- water, broth, or fruit juice -- during the day to stay hydrated. Try to get about 2-3 liters (8-12 cups) a day while you’re sick. You can sip them in small amounts between meals instead of while you eat. Your doctor might recommend a sports drink to replace salt, potassium, and other electrolytes your body loses when you have diarrhea. If you also have nausea, sip the liquids slowly.

From: Treatment for Diarrhea WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Cary G. Sauer, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta. 

CDC.

UpToDate.

Cleveland Clinic: "Diarrhea," "Mom's Advice Is Still the Best for Treating Diarrhea."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Anti-diarrheal Medicines: OTC Relief for Diarrhea."

Mayo Clinic: "Diarrhea: Treatment," “Diarrhea: When to see a doctor.”

Wayne State University Physician Group: "Nausea and Vomiting."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 6, 2019

SOURCES: 

Cary G. Sauer, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta. 

CDC.

UpToDate.

Cleveland Clinic: "Diarrhea," "Mom's Advice Is Still the Best for Treating Diarrhea."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Anti-diarrheal Medicines: OTC Relief for Diarrhea."

Mayo Clinic: "Diarrhea: Treatment," “Diarrhea: When to see a doctor.”

Wayne State University Physician Group: "Nausea and Vomiting."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 6, 2019

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