FAQ - Diarrhea
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Could swimming in the sea and drinking some sea water while swimming and snorkling cause diarrhea? I had severe diarrhea for a day, could that be the cause?
yes it can be becoz sea water contais lots of bacteria.and diarhea is known to be caused by bad water & food.take ciprofloxacin thrise a day.it cures off. (+ info
Yesterday, I had diarrhea. I normally give up dairy products, but then I drank 2 glasses of milk after that anyway. Then, this morning I had a glass of milk and a bowl of cereal milk drink. I had diarrhea again. I took some medicine and it stopped. Well, aside, from a yogurt drink,I didn't take dairy products after. When can I start drinking dairy products again?
You can start drinking them again when you want diarrhea again!
I am an RN and I learned about this in school but have also had it happen to me when I entered my early 30's. Many people become lactose sensitive as they age and find that dairy products, esp drinking whole glasses of milk or eating ice cream, cause gas and diarrhea as early as within a half hour of eating. We lose the ability of our natural lactase enzyme in our digestive system to break down the milk sugar lactose. This is extremely common over age 30 and among Asian people or all ages, but even with younger people. My 16 y/o daughter has the same problem and it started about a year ago.
I used to be able to drink chocolate milk, eat ice cream, eat cereal, etc. Now I only have them if I know I am going to be home and don't plan on going anywhere and in general have it about once a month. I hate milk anyways, I think ice cream is fattening so I just ignore it if it's in the freezer, and I eat oatmeal, cream of wheat, or eggs for breakfast instead of cereal, because I think most cereals are empty calories unless they are the expensive cracklin' Oat Bran or Granola which are the only ones I like.
You can try Lactaid and see if you get the same effect, then you will have your answer for sure. There are also over-the-counter products you can take which will help you digest lactose. Don't bother wasting money on a Dr. visit and a co-pay because like I said, I am an RN with a BSN and you are going to hear the same thing from a Dr. who has a little more schooling than I did. One night, drink a glass of regular milk and see if you get diarrhea. The next day (24 hrs later), eat no dairy until about 6pm and then drink a glass of Lactaid. If you don't get diarrhea, you'll know why. (+ info
What type of food causes light diarrhea?
I've been getting some diarrhea (nothing too horrible, but not normal bowel movements) for the past week or so.
I admit that i've been eating too much bread with cream cheese and bologne, but i didn't think that would cause diarrhea.
No plums or dried fruits, which i now cause diarrhea.
So what other foods could it be?
Normal amounts of cheese won't cause diarrhea, but if you are consuming excessive amounts of milk products (like cream cheese), than can very likely cause your diarrhea.
Try cutting back and see if you still get loose bowels. (+ info
How to prevent diarrhea from taking an antibiotic?
I have to take Metformin because I have PCOS. I just started taking it for the first time once at dinner tonight. Now I have diarrhea. I know it's a side effect and all, but is there anyway I can prevent it? I have school on Monday and I don't know how to survive school without having to go to the bathroom a lot. Any suggestions on that? Also, how long does diarrhea usually last with Metformin?
Sorry! It's not an antibiotic, I was wrong! Lol.
I don't know how long it will last, but my daughters doctor recommended Florastor while she was taking medication. It is sold at most pharmacies and it is basically the good stuff found in yogurt that regulates your stomach. It really worked wonders for her and he cousins. Good luck! (+ info
How come I get diarrhea after I eat breakfast every morning?
Every time I wake up for school I'm fine, but a few minutes after I eat breakfast(cereal, hot pockets,etc.) I get diarrhea. It's not really bad but I have to go and then I'm done and then I have go again. I'm a 15 year old girl and athletic if that has to do with anything. I normally take an anti-diarrheal pill afterwards just to make sure it doesn't come back during the day. But how can I eat breakfast and not get diarrhea?
Usually chronic diarrhea is a result of either pancreatic insufficiency (you can take digestive enzymes to help but should see a doctor for treatment) or food allergy. The foods you mention as breakfast foods are all very high in wheat content, and gluten is one of the most common food allergies. So, you might try going gluten free for a while and see if that takes care of the problem. (+ info
What are some good treatments for antibiotic associated diarrhea?
For antibiotic associated diarrhea, my doctor tells me that eating yogurt is good for getting a lot of the good bacteria that antibiotics kill and that bananas and apple juice are good for replacing the potassium lost from diarrhea. Are there any other remedies that are good for treating antibiotic associated diarrhea?
Pro biotics and acidophilous, as previous posters have said. Yogourt is good if you are getting one with active cultures and no added sugar.
I would actually limit the consumption of juice as it delivers a lot of sugar to the system. Sugar will nourish the yeast that is free to grow while the antibiotics are killing the friendly bacteria that control it.
Limit sugars, take plain psyllium hulls which are a fiber that will help regulate without artificial ingredients. Eating rice, oatmeal, drinking water are all good things.
Also drinking kombucha or adding a tablespoon of braggs (or other brand) organic apple cider vinegar with the mother included can help replenish the healthy flora and electrolytes,
Good luck I hope you feel better. (+ info
How long does diarrhea usually last after finishing antibiotics?
My son is 5 months old and recently has taken antibiotics for an ear infection. As soon as he started them he began to have green runny stools. Dr said that it was normal while taking meds but he finished them over a week ago and still has diarrhea. Is this normal?
Took my 10 month old over a week. The antibiotics usually stay in their systems for 10 days after finished. So, don't be suprised if it sticks around over a week after being finished. (+ info
What is the best way to cure diarrhea aside from apples and bananas?
My 9 month old baby has some sort of diarrhea and it's been going on for 3 days. She doesn't want to drink what the doctor prescribed to her - the pedialyte - and she wants to drink milk instead which makes her diarrhea worse. I don't know what to do anymore.
Diarrhea is like cough in the sense that it isn't actually a disease but a defense mechanism. We cough because there is something blocking our airway and we need to expell it. We have diarrhea because there is somthing we ate which needs to be expelled out of our digestive tract. Thus cough suppressants and anti-diarrheal medications which temporarily paralyze our intestines MUST be used with caution since they might actually make the situation worse by preventing the thing the needs to be expelled from being expelled.
For the pediatric age group, what's important is for you to watch out for signs of dehydration. Its not the diarrhea which is dangerous but the dehyrdation. That is why children are never given loperamide. They're given pedialyte and other rehydrating substances, BECAUSE it is dangerous for a baby to become dehydrated. The fluid lost in the stool MUST be replaced with an almost equal volume of oral fluid intake.
As for milk making things worse, NOT unless the actual source of the diarrhea is an allergy to her milk formula, milk doesn't make it worse. If your pediatrician was suspecting milk allergy as the cause, then he/she would have instructed you to change milk formulas. Milk rehydrates as well as pedialyte and will NOT make the diarrhea worse. Its better than not taking anything at all. Milk nourishes and rehydrates at the same time.
If your baby refuses to take any fluid at all (including milk) then this is one of the ominous signs of dehydration. You should go to the ER right away if ever this happens. (+ info
How many days of diarrhea do I have to endure before labor starts?
Ok. I've had diarrhea off and on for a week now. Now regular bowels at all. How long do I have to endure this before labor starts?
I've had diarrhea off & on through out my pregnancy (currently 33 weeks)....It was a stomach virus at 1st & now it's just my prenatals....Just make sure you are getting enough fluids & electrolytes...& make sure your Dr. knows (+ info
How do I stop diarrhea without medication?
I have it and went to the doctor after having abdominal pains. I'm already dehydrated. I have no problems drinking lots of water but I have to keep up with it as long as I have diarrhea and it won't stop! My doctor won't let me take medication for the diarrhea. Isn't the medicatin supposed to stop diarrhea if I have it?
I'm not sure if there is anything except to prevent bladder issues. You can find a lot of them over the counter at your local CVS or Walgreens! Either look under the aisle with feminine products or one with houses stomach cures! I hope this helps!
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