Mossel Bay Pharmacy gives advice regarding holiday ‘runs’
Treating Diarrhea with Over the Counter Medicine in Mossel Bay
Diarrhea is a common problem this time of the year and the result is often over eating, eating rich food, excess alcohol and less exercise. People live in close proximity such as camp sites so viral infection race through the area (mid epidemic). Mild cases are easy to treat with over the counter medication such as Imodium to stop the diarrhea, buscopan for stomach cramps and rehydration solutions.
Diarrhea can be caused by a number of things – alcohol abuse, allergic reaction, food intolerance, diabetes, intestinal disease, bacterial or parasitic infection, laxative abuse, medication, viral infection, eating foods that upset the stomach and many more.Antibiotic are not usually necessary unless bacterial-borne.
Caffeine free drinks or black tea with honey, broth but no fats can be used too. Sip fluids often especially between plain meals. If rectum is irritated from excessive bowel movements then use white petroleum jelly or haemorrhoidal cream to relieve the area. Avoid tap water, ice cubes and fresh produce and drink bottled water and eat cooked food if in a remote location. Make sure you wash your hands well with soap or hand sanitizer.
Home remedies include lots of fluid, bananas, rice and toast. Effective over the counter medication include imoduim, rehydration solution, pectrolyte and probiotics.
For more information or advice visit Mossel Bay Pharmacy at Market Street, Mossel Bay.