How To Get Rid of Diarrhea

Diarrhea occurs when the digestive system is not functioning properly, resulting in frequent loose or watery stools, three or more times a day.

The main causes of diarrhea are viral infections, bacterial infections, consumption of contaminated food and water, anxiety, food intolerances, and intestinal diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Diarrhea can be accompanied by symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and may cause complications like dehydration.

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It usually takes two to four days for diarrhea and its accompanying symptoms to disappear completely, depending upon the intensity of the problem.

You can combat diarrhea with a variety of natural, home remedies to fight the infection as well as provide relief from the symptoms.

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Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of diarrhea.

1. Yogurt

Yogurt, especially the one with live bacterial cultures such as lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium is a great home remedy for diarrhea.

These live cultures help restore the ‘good’ bacteria in your intestine and destroy the ‘bad’ bacteria causing the diarrhea.

In a 2009 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that probiotics can help reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea

Just two bowls of yogurt a day can produce noticeable relief. Add or eat a banana with your yogurt for added benefits.

2. Ginger

Ginger is used in the treatment of food poisoning and can also help get rid of cramps and abdominal pain.

  • Grate a small piece of ginger and add one teaspoon of honey. Eat the mixture to promote the release of gastric juices and improve digestion. Avoid drinking water immediately after eating it.
  • You can also drink ginger tea two to three times a day to cure diarrhea. Slice one small piece of ginger and add them to one cup of water. Boil the water for a few minutes, strain it and add some honey before drinking it. If fresh ginger is not available, you can use powdered ginger from your spice rack.

3. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds are highly recommended for treating diarrhea due to their high mucilage content. Mucilage provides a strong antidiarrheal effect.

  • Chew one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds along with one tablespoon of yogurt.
  • Alternatively, combine one-half teaspoon each of roasted fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds, add two tablespoons of yogurt and mix it well. Consume this mixture three times a day for quick relief from diarrhea.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Another effective home cure for diarrhea is apple cider vinegar. It acts as an effective agent against bacteria that cause diarrhea.

  1. Add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
  2. Drink the solution once or twice a day until your diarrhea subsides.

5. Bananas

When dealing with diarrhea, it is recommended to eat ripe bananas because of their high pectin content.

Pectin is a water-soluble fiber that helps reduce diarrhea. Bananas are also high in potassium, an electrolyte that supports a number of vital functions in the body.

Eat a few ripe bananas a day until your diarrhea subsides.

6. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile has antispasmodic properties that can provide relief from abdominal pains accompanying stomach disorders including diarrhea. It also is helpful in reducing intestinal inflammation.

  1. Make chamomile tea by steeping one teaspoon of chamomile flowers and one teaspoon of peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain it and drink the tea a few times a day.

You can also drink green tea to help your digestive system function properly.

 

 

 

  1. gadalyah scott March 1, 2013, 1:15 am

    ive had it for 3 days will these remides realy work for me im only 11 and i have a dance in 2 days WHAT DO I DO.

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  2. it’s ok, i’ve had it for 6 days. guess i’d better be ready to call my doctor!

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  3. I’ve been suffering from diarrhea for a few days, and it is not a pleasure to have. It’s been making me “go” every ~30 min.

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  4. Take some Imodium Capsules, you can buy them from chemists or supermarkets etc. They are really good.

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    • Very bad suggestion!!! Never recommend Immodium. Any doctor will tell you that is very bad advice. The purpose of immodium is for you to quit going to the bathroom by shutting down your body’s ability to expel anything. The problem with that, is if you have a virus or bacteria, it gets trapped in your body and the whole point of diarrhea is to help rid your body of the bacteria or virus. If you trap it, the condition can get much worse.

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      • Suffering in GA June 26, 2013, 10:47 am

        I TOTALLY agree!!! DO NOT TAKE immodium. I took a high dosage of generic immodium for close to 7 years. I quit cold turkey 5 weeks ago and have terrible withdrawals still. I have had diaherrea for 5 weeks straight. I have tried everythinng to get it to stop and not to mention I am going on vacation in a week. immodium contains opaites.. This is very additive. I called my DR and he said to take a probiotic and meta mucil. That has not worked. I have tried Pepto with opaites and that has not worked. I just read you can mix corn starch with water. Guess I’ll try that next. If not cleared up by vacation, back to the addition.

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        • Neither immodium or pepto bismol have opiates in them. The active ingredient in immodiu is lomodil. It works by altering the amount of water that is in your large intestine. It is a simple osmotic. You cannot get addicted to it. You cannot become dependant upon it. It is safe to use in cases of unexpected diarreah (unprecipitated by illness).

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      • I use Immodium alot for when food “upsets” my stomach. Just be careful like Rg said if it’s a virus let it run its course!

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      • What if its food related?? I ate dairy ( didn’t realise it was in a meal someone cooked for me) and I’m lactose intolerant. or IBS related ?

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      • Funny. Imodium is exactly what my Dr. prescribed. So, unless you have an MD., you should be really careful about the advice you give, Georgia.

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  5. I’ve had it for 3 days and I have a track meet TOMORROW!! I’ll just load up on water and yogurt. I have been sick for almost 2 weeks, but only had diarrhea for 3 days.

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  6. I’ve had diarrhoea for 1 day now and every time I stand up I feel like I’m away to spew what should I do

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  7. Jamique Jones May 21, 2013, 1:23 pm

    If you drink rum and coke it will always work! The main cause of this is probably cheep beer! That stuff always makes you shit through a screen door!

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    • No! Do not drink any carbonated drinks!

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    • Never drink alcohol when treating diarrhea. Alcohol actually works as a depressant on the body’s system which will keep the diarrhea going. You also should not be drinking anything with caffeine in it (Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew) or fruit juices. You want to build up your system instead by eating foods that are proven to help (bananas (yes bananas), yogurt, brown rice) and drinking lots of water or decaf green tea. You should never, ever recommend an alcoholic drink as a remedy for anything.

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  8. Well, I’ve had it for 2 days now & I just ate a banana. Seems to be working.

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  9. I’ve had diarrhea for 6 days now, half a cup of coca cola
    And half a cup of water mixed helps
    Or bananas but any dairy product will make it worse
    And peppermint tea is really good too

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  10. It makes me laugh how at the end of a seemingly very smart article everyone either asks fellow readers for help OR proceeds to give their own remedy, for example, “Drink Coke !!”

    Did anyone consider what the article suggests?

    Have a Pepsi and think about it– will you?

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  11. Roger Poopypants October 15, 2013, 12:16 pm

    Just sit on the toilet and let nature takes it course. I recommend good foods like Taco Bell & Chinese food.

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  12. Oh ya and have some spicy mustard or wasabi

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  13. Hey. I’ve had diarrhea for jus about 3 days which doesn’t sound like much based on wat I’ve been readin here but my mom suggested I mix some flour in about 1/4 cup of water an drink it so I’m just about to try it.

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  14. I’ve only had diarrhea for a few hours and I’m already sick and tired of it. It makes me feel so nauseous and the stomach pains won’t stop. I feel like I’m going to vomit.

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    • Kendra & Lexi July 6, 2014, 3:04 pm

      I know! I feel the same way. I’ve had diarrhea for 2 days now and the stomach pains are HORRIBLE I wake up in the morning and the first thing that happens is the stomach pains… :(

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      • Okay, I’m glad to not be the only one here lol . I get cramps so bad it makes me almost cry. I get nausea too which sucks since I’m on pain pills prescribed for me for my abscess in the root of my tooth. One of them says if I take it laying down before 10 mins that it may result in diarrhea. So I’m not sure if my pills caused me to have “you know”. Now I’m afraid to take any more of my meds cause every 20-17 mins i have to go to the bathroom and I don’t want to worsen my “condition “… Thanks for reading ! Hope you all feel better!

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        • Actually pain meds will bind you up. No success on my end as been on them awhile. Banana, yogurt, n tea has helpt.

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  15. I have had diarreha for 5 days now i have just ate a banana about an hour ago and im still running to the toilet :-(

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  16. I’ve had it for about 4 days. Got it after New Years night of Gettin really drunk honestly. As we speak I’m shitting almost pure liquid. I feel like death. I’d rather die than to ever have to go through this again!!!

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  17. well the best thing is a warm cup of water and a teaspoon of flour stir it and drink it it helps my aunt told me about it and i felt alot better and it was gone less then a hour

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  18. I always drink guava juice n eat bananas when I have diarrea n it always works for me!

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  19. The same thing is happining with me ,,,itss been 8 to 10 times m walking throu wc ,,,thriugh out the day ,wll small bananar an red apple wll help me ,,an also feeling loos of appitiet

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  20. aw man i have it now but i’ve only fled to the bathroom twice so im almost over it.

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  21. Sometimes it isn’t WHAT you eat/drink for it as much as HOW you go about it. I had a doctor, years ago, tell me how to treat diarrhea in my children; First the BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast (Dry).

    He said you have to wait 24 hours before eating anything. Keep your fluids going by taking sips of good water or ginger ale every 15 minutes during this time. After 24 hours your tummy and digestive track has settled down a bit. If you eat a big meal you just start all over again. Slowly add in food from the BRAT diet. I usually start with a dry piece of toast (nothing on it)–nibble a bite or two every 15 minutes until gone. If that doesn’t trigger diarrhea, then try eating a little more at a time from the BRAT diet.
    Our family has done this for years with great success. Give it a try.

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  22. Will these remedies help if the diarrhea is being caused by a disease I’ve had diarrhea for close to a year and it is extremely hard to deal with at school

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  23. eat bananas drink 7up and eat frozen Popsicles

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  24. Try to drink some warm water with lemon squeezed into it ,take small sip regular
    If you can stand it mix in a little nutmeg too or sprinkle it on your food (nutmeg is really good for getting rid of it)
    and stick to bland foods,remember BRAT (banana’s, rice, apples and toast )

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  25. I am 11 and I have to go loo every 20 mins sometimes 10 it’s just getting worse what should I do I don’t even eat vegetables

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  26. I drank allot I have diaree now the only thing that worked for me is flour 2 teaspoons and half a cup of luke water 2 hours later I can finally smile again

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  27. help im going every 5 minutes

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  28. Take plenty of water, eat bananas, take a good size mango’s seed and crush it into powder and boil a tea spoon of it with a lemon juice in a water and sip.
    Get your father to kick in your ass 7 times. It really works…

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  29. DRINK WATER WIT LIL BIT IF SALT DEN RUB TUMMY DEN JUMP UP IN DOWN DEN WAA LAA DAT WILL BE UR LAST TIME WIT IT

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  30. Sheila Schafer June 18, 2014, 12:53 am

    As a person who suffers from loose stools ALL the time I have some suggestions.
    Yogurt is by far the best remedy, ginger is a close second. I do not suggest Imodiam AD as this prolongs your symptoms. Gaterade is a great way to replenish those lost electrolytes but nowadays I prefer vitamin water.
    stick to a complete bland diet during the duration of your bit of diarrhea. Rice, bananas, applesaue, potatoes, toast, jello, vanilla pudding, chicken or turkey. Rest if you can and avoid ib profen if at all possible because it can dehydrate you as it gets rid of excess liquids in your body. Load up on a salty snack like chips to help you retain some vital fluids but only after your feeling a bit better.

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  31. Kendra & Lexi July 6, 2014, 3:17 pm

    I have had diarrhea for 2 days now and I’m going on a trip in 2 DAYS! Its a 4 hour drive and I have to “go” every 10~20 minutes!!!

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  32. You should try Orange juice the doctors always say a orange a day keeps the doctor away try concentrated juice or with bits

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  33. Hey guys I think drinking flat cola is ment to help… Kind of shake the bottle then leave it till it goes flat…it helps upset stomachs

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  34. Farrukh Aziz Abbasi August 10, 2014, 5:28 pm

    Correction… I meant isbagol and curd will help stop losing fluids from body

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  35. Had it all day. Just drank apple cider vinegar and water. It stopped immediately. Try this drink, it really really works. Glad too stop going. Lol….

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  36. I’ve had the runs since yesterday; definitely not a nice thing. Hopefully the green tea smoothie that I made from natural yogurt will help in time.

    I’ve noticed that little bit of Japanese rice helps me out too.

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  37. I’ve had diarrhea yesterday and I caught this virus that’s going around my grandparents and my mother’s house. I’ve only threw up once yesterday and got my self cleaned up. Highly recommend by eating a couple of bananas and maybe some water “clear fluid”. I feel much better!!!

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  38. I experienced diarrhea last year, 2013, as was confined for three days at the hospital..i my second day, i observed that my diarrhea has not cured so i complained my doctor….and the doctor just said…we will just continue the prescription ma’am and we will observe..in the second night when one of my lady niece, who was my watcher asked me if i have external medicine..i answered ..no ..since i was not used in using external medicine ..instead its lotion… so i let her buy a small bottle of external medicine…as she was applying the external medicine, i feel triggered and i also applied it from my stomach down…at 1am i feel i want to go to the CR..when i was there, i amazed since i was farting and farting…at 11am i again went to the CR…and again the same result…i was just farting…so my LBM was cured through the external medicine…since i was alone at the private room occupied and no one with me since my watcher was in her work…i just brought the dextrose in my right hand and went to the nurse’s station and wanted them to see my hospital bill..on that day, i went home…so i could say that its the external medicine was the one cured my diarrhea…

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  39. I’ve had it for 2 days and I’m going every 5 mins. But umm jut a question, it’s not even a little bit solid it’s basically wee. I’m gonna try se of these

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  40. Among natural methods light food, yogurt helps….anyways anyone here heard about yakult its a nice product helps maintain healthy gut

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  41. I have had it for three days (since the beginning of my vacation :/) and today I tried drinking sprite which is caffeine free and clear and it has helped so far. I don’t have the ability to access any bananas but I assume that will also help since so many have recommended it all ready. I hope that you all fell better as well as my self and remember this is only temporary. Thanks goodbye

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  42. I had Diarrhea for four good days,it was not easy for me at all,but what help me most is ORS solution and some drugs from my Doctor.Thanks be to God,am completely heal.

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  43. I’ve had diarrhea for a couple of days but luckily I had already took this week off of work. Im going to head to the store and try some of these suggestions like the yogurt and water. Thanks

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  44. Ugh I ate ice cream (I’m lactose-intolerant) and even though I took a lactaid, I’m pretty sure my intestines are about to come out of my body. So, yogurt is probably a bad idea. It’s 1 am and I think I’m just going to have to deal with this for the rest of the night.

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  45. Drink water baking soda and lime juice

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  46. To help with the pain try and sit up all the way with ur face over ur knees like a frog it helps I swear to god

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  47. The Carrots and the tea will help it helped me but the rest didn’t help. I had it for 4hours so far. It only helped for 1hour I ate some noodles and it hasn’t been back since try it.

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  48. Never have yogurt with diarrhea

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  49. try grating a small apple , wait till it starts to turn brown and then eat it… often works and is given in hospitals.

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  50. i came back from the clinic and they sugested flour and water will make it beter

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  51. Try a BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice (white rice), Applesauce (made without extra sugar!!) and Toast (plain white bread, toasted, no butter, jam or other toppings). Drink LOTS of fluids with electrolytes (I’m talking GatorAde or Pedialyte); the watery runoff of diarrhea depletes your body’s fluids and screws up your electrolyte balance, and you MUST REPLACE THOSE LOST FLUIDS.

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    • It is better to clean you gastrointestinal tract naturally by Enterosgel. It works as a sponge to eliminate pathogenic bacteria, allergens and toxins, it “soaks in” the unfriendly particles from the body when passing through digestive tract and leaves the body naturally.

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  52. I was reading this forum last night after three days of suffering from the effects of horrible food poisoning. After finally getting some relief I thought I’d come back and share what I did to remedy the situation.

    I made strong natural ginger tea by finely chopping a few tablespoons of fresh ginger and boiling it in water. The more you use the stronger it will be but high potency seems to be more effective. I then poured the water into a mug straining the ginger out. I added a heaping spoon of raw, natural honey (pollen and all). Avoid brands that are not organic, honey has natural antibacterial properties so it’s good for the gut and sweetens the tea. I got my honey directly from farmers on my trip to Spain when I traveled to the mountain area of Montserrat. Of course you can get natural honey from the grocery store or farmers market.

    2 large mugs later I finally got some relief and a good nights sleep!

    I am also sticking to simple food for a few days, homemade soup, lots of water, toast and nothing greasy or spicy to avoid more irritation.

    I should also mention that Imodium may work but it can also cause constipation which is a hassle too. You may then need something to counteract that problem which can starts the cycle again. Reactions to over the counter meds will differ among individuals.

    Hope everyone feels better!

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  53. hi all,surely anyone who has read all of the above must have been helped one way or another.I would like to thank all who have shared their past experiences and knowledge with others.I thought that this was a very serious thing like a disease.Many of you have recommended bananas;that’s what i have taken and i hope this ‘driving’ will stop soon.Hope you all feel better and thanks again.
    a problem shared is a problem half-solved.

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  54. My wife said to drink warm water with half a lemon squeezed in it and the tip of a spoon with baking soda. Haven’t tried it yet i think shes a witch.

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  55. the easiest way is to make tea(water,sugr ,tea,n wd milk).
    fill half cup tea n half cup water. N see the result in 5min

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  56. What usually works for me is reading all these comments and i feel way better give it a try

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  57. Drink lots of clear fluids, just let it run its course

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  58. Woke up this morning. Shitting razorblades lol going to try the banana thing or the water with flower had it for a couple days now hope this helps

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  59. i have celiac and also can’t have dairy! I’ve made plenty of messes in my pants. I’m so sick of Diarrhea… Been reading a lot of suggestions! I use a lot lot of Imodium AD. < I actually use the generic. I take 4 at a time. It so embarrassing I have no warning And can't make it to the bathroom in time. I had a banana this morning and I have pills to take if I consume dairy. So I tried some Greek yogurt! I'm really cramping right now! I had white rice this evening and I put powered ginger on it and I'm about to try some of the chamomile tea. I drank it when I was going thru chemo.

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  60. Try the B.R.A.T diet
    It stands for bananas, rice, apples, and toast

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  61. I really struggled with diarrhea. I think I missed school for 2 days. It probably was some viral infection. It went away and I have it now!! I am going to try apple cider vinegar and banana. Thank goodness it’s summer vacation, I wouldn’t have survived during the school year.

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  62. You people are cracking me up! And that’s no shit! :-)

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  63. Taco bell had made chocolate rain in my toilet.

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