Diarrhea is more than three loose, liquid stools in one day. It may also happen with belly pain, fever, nausea and vomiting, and other symptoms. It is a symptom of many health problems. It can lead to dehydration when it lasts too long.
It is treated by drinking plenty of fluids and making some changes to your diet until it goes away. Some people may need medicine. Others may turn to natural treatments to treat diarrhea.
These supplements are likely to ease diarrhea:
These therapies are also likely to ease diarrhea:
These supplements may ease diarrhea:
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Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as.
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Herbs and Supplements
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Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 5/28/2020