Common Causes and Treatment of Diarrhea

Diarrhea Relief

Diarrhea is not fun when you can't control the amount of stool that passes through your rectum and anus. It can be extremely painful after too many releases of explosive diarrhea.

While someone has diarrhea:

Try using baby wipes instead of regular toilet paper. Using this technique to wipe is usually gentler on the skin.

If you have it handy, buy a "donut". It's a cushioned seat often used by pregnant women to take pressure off their butt cheeks.

An easy way to remedy the pain caused is to place damp towels on the butt hole.

Also, putting petroleum jelly on the surface can help provide relief.

Some people have mentioned that using hemorroid cream can help soothe the pain.


Diarrhea Medications

There are several popular over the counter diarrhea medications people can buy without a presction.

People with diarrhea (especially minors, older adults, and anyone currently taking medication or drugs) should always consult with their pharmacist and doctor before taking antidiarrheal drugs. Common antidiarrheal drug brands include Pepto Bismol, Imodium, and Kaopectate.

Some people with diarrhea will need antibiotics. People most likely to be prescribed antibiotics when they have: persistent or severe diarrhea, traveler's diarrhea, debilitating diseases that may or may not include aids, heart disease, or lung disease, serious bacterical infections or parasites.

Remember that it's important to stay hydrated with at least six 8 ounce glasses of fluid daily. Caffeine free soad, fruit juice without the pulp, sports drinks, fat free chicken broth, or tea with honey between meals.

Foods to Stop Diarrhea

List of Foods to Stop Diarrhea

Avoid excessive amounts of these foods when you have diarrhea.  
High Fiber Foods, such as bran muffins and bran cereals.
Fatty, high in oil, or greasy foods, such as fried foods.
Very sweet foods with lots of sugar, such as cookies and cake.
Milk and dairy products, such as ice cream or cheese

When Diarrhea Wanes - Try to BRAT Diet

Be sure to contact your physician if you're experiencing bloody or black bowel movments, a high fever, severe abdominal or rectal pain, or signs of dehydration.

Bloody Diarrhea

Bloody stools or bowel movements usually suggest that the digestive tract has sustained an injury or has a disorder. Other reasons why people might have bloody or black diarrhea include too much iron in the diet, blue or black colored foods, red colored foods such as tomatoes or beets. The only safe way to rule out life threatening problems is to consult with your doctor. Common causes of bloody diarrhea include:

Acute digestive infection
Acute food poisoning
Anal bleeding
Blood in stool - blood may appear in diarrhea for any of the causes of bloody stool.
Campylobacter food poisoning
Chronic digestive infection
Colorectal cancer
Crohn's disease
Ecoli food poisoning
Entamoeba histolytica
Ichemic colitis
Inflammatory bowel disease
Rectal bleeding
Regional enteritis
Salmonella food poisoning
Shigella food poisoning
Ulcerative colitis

Some common questions people should be prepared to answer prior to speaking with a doctor include:
What color are the bowel movements?
How long has the bowel movement changed?
Is there blood on the toilet paper only or is the fecal matter an odd color too?
Does every bowel movement produce an irregular color?

The healthy way to prevent diarrhea is to:
eat high fiber foods
lower stress levels
reduce or quit tobacco and alcoholic products