Acute diarrhea is usually due to infection by such bacteria as Staphylococcus, E. Coli, Salmonella, or Shigella or such parasites as Amebas or Giardia lamblia.SYMPTOMS
The stools are loose or watery, sometimes profuse or explosive and may be foul-smelling. Food particles may be found in the stool.COMPLICATIONS
Disrrhea often results in loss of fluids and electrolytes such as sodium and potassium,which must be replaced to prevent dangerous levels of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES
Drink plenty of fluids and replenish such electrolytes as sodium and potassium. Electrolyte solutions available from pharmacies are useful. Clear liquids such as water, vegetable broth and diluted fruit juice help replace fluids.
The diet should be light and bland, including vegetable soup, whole grain toast, brown rice, bananas, and applesauce.
A warm pack over the abdomen is soothing and may reduce cramping. Calcium and magnesium (500 mg per day) may also help to reduce cramping.
one tablespoon psyllium seed husks per day often helps to firm up stools.