Home Remedies for Antibiotic Associated Diarrhea

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There are various things you can do to reduce severity of antibiotic associated diarrhea at home. You can also change lifestyle for prevention or reduce incidence and severity of antibiotic associated diarrhea. The home remedies for antibiotic associated diarrhea include,ID-100163330

  • Drink plenty of fluid if you are at risk of developing antibiotic associated diarrhea. Not only during diarrhea, we all should make it a habit of drinking plenty/adequate amount of fluid (including water, juice and other fluids) and incorporate it to lifestyle to make lifestyle healthy. For adequate fluid intake, water is best, however, fluids with added electrolytes (such as sodium, potassium, citrate, chloride etc.) are also good, especially during any kind of diarrhea. Avoid beverages such as coffee, tea, cola, alcohol etc. because they have diuretic effect and affect electrolyte balance, especially during diarrhea and aggravate symptoms of diarrhea such as dehydration and related symptoms.
  • Eat easy to foods during antibiotic associated diarrhea (and also any type of diarrhea). Banana and rice is good during diarrhea. For Indians khichdi (contains, rice, dal or pulses and many different easily available vegetables and cooked together which is easy to digest and also provide all the essential nutrients required. It is best to add less quantity of vegetables and more of rice and pulses in khichdi during diarrhea) is a good food during diarrhea, because it is easy to digest and full of nutrients. Avoid high fiber diet during diarrhea.
  • Eat small and frequent meals during diarrhea, instead of two or three large meals. Keep eating small meals throughout the day while avoiding large meals.
  • Try probiotics. Probiotics are helpful organisms (bacteria, yeast etc.) that help maintain a balance of flora in gastrointestinal tract. Antibiotic associated diarrhea occurs due to dis-balance of flora in GIT in favor of harmful organisms due to antibiotic therapy. Hence, replacement of good and helpful organisms by taking probiotics is a good thing to do. Studies have confirmed beneficial effect of organisms present in probiotics (Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Saccharomyces boulardii) in treating antibiotic associated diarrhea.
  • Avoid foods that are irritating to gastrointestinal tract, such as fatty foods, spicy foods, fried foods or any other foods that can aggravate symptoms of diarrhea.
  • Consider taking anti-diarrheal medications after consulting your doctor. Antidiarrheal medications such as loperamide can be very useful in selected cases and you should always ask your doctor if you are fit candidate for antidiarrheal medications, especially if symptoms do not improve in few days. Never take antidiarrheal medications on your own as they may lead to serious complications if not taken with proper medical advice from your doctor. Your doctor will prescribe antidiarrheal medications after assessing the benefits of these drugs.

 

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