One must know that diarrhea is not a disease, but a condition when a person has three or more watery or loose stools a day. Diarrhea is generally regarded as a symptom of some infection. Acute diarrhea usually appears suddenly and it is not very serious. When it prolongs for more then two weeks, then it becomes chronic and occurs as the result of some serious condition such as, for example, an inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel syndrome. Certain viruses and bacteria, as well as parasites and many medications, are regarded to be the potential causes for the appearance of this disorder. Diarrhea is also likely to be caused by lactose, fructose, artificial sweeteners, or sugary.
Natural cures for diarrhea
The first aid in treating diarrhea is yogurt, which contains good bacteria called Lactobacillus Acidophilus, that fight bad bacteria. Lactobacillus Acidophilus can also be found in supplement form. If a baby suffers from diarrhea, it is recommended to feed it with foods that are effective in firming the stools, such as bananas, potatoes and carrots, as well as rice cereals. It is advisable to avoid certain juicy fruits. For adults, the best foods are rice, bread, potatoes and cheese, whereas, on the other hand, milk, eggs, creams, and butter are better to avoid during diarrhea.
Sometimes diarrhea is good because in such way the body eliminates toxins. However, if it lasts more than it is normal, it must be treated in order to avoid further serious complications. Dehydration is one of the most frequent outcomes of diarrhea. During diarrhea, the person who suffers from it can have unpleasant pain in abdomen, and to relieve the pain heating pads, moist heat wraps, or water bottles should be placed in the painful area. Furthermore, Pepto-Bismol is a drug that adults may use to reduce the cramping in abdomen.
One of the natural cures of diarrhea is the leaves and fruit of blueberries and bilberries. Cramp and inflammation can be treated also with chamomile that can be consumed as a tea or in the form of capsules. If diarrhea is accompanied with fever, it is not advisable to take chamomile, because it may lead to certain allergic reactions. Moreover, doctors usually recommend one spoon of natural apple cider vinegar every hour, or one green banana every three hours as long as diarrhea lasts, because these two natural remedies are very helpful in making the stools firm. If diarrhea lasts for more than a week, it is important to go and visit a doctor.