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What are the Different Types of Chronic Diarrhea Treatment?

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Although there are various ways to control the symptoms of diarrhea, the most common chronic diarrhea treatment includes eliminating foods that are known to cause irritation. Other options to control abdominal pain and diarrhea are probiotic therapy and antidiarrheal medications. If chronic diarrhea is caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), certain prescription drugs can help alleviate the problem. Preventing dehydration is a priority in patients who suffer from frequent diarrhea.

An essential factor for chronic diarrhea treatment often will include replenishing fluids quickly to avoid becoming dehydrated. Sports drinks and juices that contain an electrolyte solution can treat the symptoms associated with diarrhea. Magnesium, potassium, sodium, chloride, and calcium can be lost during frequent bouts of diarrhea, and finding an effective way to replenish these minerals is crucial to recovery. This is especially important with cases of pediatric diarrhea and diarrhea in the elderly.

Many individuals find that an effective method of chronic diarrhea treatment is by regular intake of probiotics. This can be either in supplement form or in foods, such as yogurt, that contain live and active cultures. Some patients suffering from IBS and Crohn's disease find that probiotic therapy helps maintain a balance in the digestive tract and helps control symptoms of diarrhea and flare-ups from various conditions.

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Some people find relief from diarrhea by using an over-the-counter (OTC) medication, known as an anti-diarrheal. These medications, however, are meant to be used for an occasional bout of diarrhea, and not recommended for chronic diarrhea treatment. This is especially true if an infection is present, which may require different treatment.

Another form of chronic diarrhea treatment that can help during a flare-up is by following what is known as the BRAT diet. What this simply means is, consuming a bland diet such as bananas, rice, applesauce and dry toast may speed up healing and slow down symptoms of ongoing diarrhea. Avoiding fried or fatty foods will allow the intestinal tract to recover. Eliminating dairy products may also help control symptoms.

A colon cleanse is another type of chronic diarrhea treatment. This method works by flushing out harmful toxins and bacteria present in the gastrointestinal system. While many people believe this to be extremely beneficial in treating chronic diarrhea, some experts are not in favor of colon cleansing and believe the effects could be harmful in certain individuals. It is always recommended to check with a physician before undergoing any unfamiliar treatment.

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Lostnfound
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@Grivusangel -- I've heard of that happening. That's really weird. Well, at least she's not plugged up completely. That would be really bad.

I had a bout with diarrhea for about three weeks once. It was no fun. I had to work, but I didn't get too far from a bathroom. I was pretty much on clear liquids and toast. It was so inconvenient and I was terrified I wouldn't make it to the bathroom and there I'd be at work, leaking feces. That's a bad place to be.

My doctor got some probiotic pills for me and those finally cleared up the diarrhea. I don't know what I'd have done without them. I was pretty down in the mouth about it.

Grivusangel
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My mom has had chronic diarrhea for about a month. She's seeing a gastrointestinal doctor this week. She's been doing the BRAT diet and has had some relief, but it's still happening.

Her regular doctor said she has a fecal impaction, and the stool has to get around the impaction, so it's coming out as diarrhea -- and occasionally the explosive kind.

She's been miserable. She's been guzzling water and trying everything to get the diarrhea to stop and the impaction to clear. I sure hope the GI doc can give us some solutions that actually work! She needs some relief!

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