Diarrhea ordinarily clears up on its own. For a mild case of
diarrhea, here’s how to manage your discomfort at home:
• Drink certain liquids
Try broth, diluted fruit juices (except prune juice) and beverages
containing electrolytes, such as Gatorade. Drinks that
have electrolytes help replace the fluids and body chemicals
lost during diarrhea.
• Drink enough liquids
Drink enough liquids daily so that you urinate about every
four hours. If you have diarrhea and your urine is dark, you
may be getting dehydrated. This is a clue to drink more fluids.
• Eat low-fiber foods (only when you have diarrhea)
As your symptoms improve or your stools become formed,
start to eat low-fiber foods, such as soda crackers, toast (white
bread), eggs, rice or chicken. Don’t consume greasy or fatty
foods, milk, or highly seasoned foods for a few days.
• Avoid medications
Short-term diarrhea doesn’t require antibiotics. And for most
cases, you don’t need an over-the-counter anti-diarrheal product.
These may slow the elimination of the infectious agent and
actually prolong your diarrhea. Situations vary, though, so ask
your doctor about your specific case.