Diarrhea is the passing of watery, liquid stools, with increased frequency and often urgency. It can be caused by inflammation of the colon, preventing it from reabsorbing water, inflammation of the ileum or short bowel syndrome, where bile passes into the colon and irritates it, or by decreased transit time, such as when foods irritate the intestines.

Occasional diarrhea can be treated using over the counter medicines such as Imodium. However, these are not recommended for long term use.

Diarrhea caused by bile can be treated using medicines like Questran which binds the bile salts to prevent them causing irritation.

Chronic diarrhea may also be able to be treated using food additives such as psyllium husk. This works by absorbing excess water in the stool, thus firming and bulking up the stool.

As well as these methods, some people notice a pattern between their meals and bouts of diarrhea, and can alter meal times to prevent diarrhea from interfering with everyday life. Other tips for coping include carrying an emergency kit with wipes, clean clothes, plastic bags and ointment (such as calmoseptine).

If you are suffering with diarrhea, it is particularly important to avoid becoming dehydrated. You may need to drink more than the recommended 2 litres of water a day (your doctor should be able to advise on this), In addition, oral rehydration solutions can be bought, or made using this recipe: http://rehydrate.org/solutions/homemade.htm#recipes

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06-02-2011, 03:38 PM   #1
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i have had the diarrhea for 2 weeks now i keep getting dehydrated because i can't drink or eat anything with out it going straught through me
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