Peyton P. Berookim, MD, FACG
Because diarrhea is common and often not serious, it can usually be treated at home. As dehydration is a major cause for concern when one has diarrhea, be sure to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Drinking at least 6 glasses of water a day is beneficial when one has diarrhea. To help with discomfort, take over the counter medications such as Pepto-Bismol or Imodium A-D, available in tablets or liquids.
The food you put into your body can cause increased discomfort. Avoid foods containing lactose, foods high in fiber, alcohol, caffeine, and greasy or spicy foods. When your symptoms lessen, stick with bland, white foods like bananas, rice, crackers, and skinless chicken until you feel fully back to normal.