How to Treat Gastroenteritis or Bowel Inflammation
From a medical point of view, when the word gastroenteritis is used we are referring bowel inflammation. The intestines are very long, and it is for this reason that they are affected by the various inflammations, such as: duodenitis, colitis etc. But although there are different denominations, it is generally understood that enteritis is the inflammation of the small intestine which can be acute or chronic. This appears to be caused by cooling or poor digestion and the person suffering from this intestinal condition will experience pains caused by ileum irritation: sweating, nausea, diarrhoea and other symptoms. In this OneHowTo article we are going to explain how to treat enteritis or bowel inflammation.
The most frequent reason for gastroenteritis or inflammatory bowel is digesting foods and fluids infected with bacteria or viruses that cause inflammation. Other reasons that can lead to this is the presence of autoimmune conditions such as Crohn's disease or celiac disease.
It is important that when faced with bowel inflammation you determine the cause and avoid irritating foods. For example, if you have celiac disease, it is very important that you do not consume any products with gluten. Upon onset of enteritis, you should not eat for at least 12 hours to reduce the work load on your digestive system. During this period you can consume helpful infusions to reduce discomfort, such as Chamomile, Mint or warm water with lemon.
In many cases enteritis goes away by itself through eating a healthy diet.
On the first days of the infection you might not eat anything. However, following the hours of fasting, the person may eat bland foods such as rice water, apple sauce or oat milk for at least one or two days. Then they can move on to solid food.
For treating enteritis, it is essential to keep properly hydrated, as diarrhoea is one of the typical symptoms of this condition, which causes dehydration and can lead to complications.
A great way to rehydrate the body and provide the salts and minerals needed for recovery is by ingesting a homemade rehydration solution which is very easy to prepare. Make this drink with water, lemon and a little bit of baking soda. It will allow you to recover all the lost minerals and elecrolytes from frequent bowel movements, thus facilitating recovery.
To treat gastroenteritis, rest is fundamental. Avoiding difficult work will help you get better since bowel inflammation and diarrhoea are highly debilitating. To reduce the pain caused by this condition, you can apply hot compresses to the stomach area for 20 minutes several times a day.
Taking diarrhoea medication is not recommended in the early hours of gastroenteritis because, ideally, you should let the body expel the bacteria through the bowel. Only in cases of constant and unyielding diarrhoea, despite having a mild astringent diet, is when you should opt for medication to stop it.
If after a few days of applying these recommendations for treating gastroenteritis the discomfort does not subside, it is important to visit a doctor.
Also we recommend consulting a specialist if:
- Dehydration occurs.
- Diarrhoea is present for 3 or more days.
- You have a fever.
- There is blood in your faeces
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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