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Last updated July 14, 2017 (originally published June 16, 2012)

By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist
[Health and fitness articles are reviewed by our team of
Registered Nurses, Certified fitness trainers and other
members of our Editorial Board.]







Is there anything more embarrassing, uncomfortable and
downright disgusting than a bout of diarrhea? You’re not likely
to escape this common condition – in America we can count on
an average of one attack of acute diarrhea a year, while young
children suffer an average of two, according to the
Gastroenterology Clinics of North America and The American
Journal of Gastroenterology. The unlucky few will experience
this condition in the form of "explosive diarrhea", which takes a
common health complaint to a whole new level of discomfort.
What exactly is explosive diarrhea and is it as horrible as it
sounds? Is there anything you can do to get rid of the
condition as quickly as possible?

You probably don’t need diarrhea spelled out to you but here
we go anyway – diarrhea is defined as loose, water-like stools
that pass through you at least three times a day.

Explosive diarrhea is a form of acute diarrhea and as the name
suggests you suffer forceful “explosions” of poop after a very
urgent need to use the bathroom. Urban slang uses the word
to describe having to hold onto the toilet seat to avoid being
propelled into the air by the force.

But explosive diarrhea is no laughing matter. Diarrhea may
cause dehydration (which means your body lacks the fluid and
electrolytes to function properly) and dehydration kills, often in
a matter of hours or days, especially in the developing world.

What are the Causes of Explosive Diarrhea?

Explosive diarrhea is most often experienced as an acute
condition, which means it goes away in a day or two, and it is
commonly associated with a gastrointestinal infection according
to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.
These infections are caused by viruses, parasites and bacteria.
You may have eaten a bad burger or drank contaminated water
on vacation, leading to Salmonella or E. coli. Or your explosive
diarrhea could be caused by the rotavirus, or a parasite called
Giardia lamblia.

What are the Symptoms of Explosive Diarrhea?

Apart from the obvious, explosive diarrhea sufferers may have
cramping, nausea, abdominal pain, fever, chills and loss of
bowel control. These symptoms make for an uncomfortable
plane journey or evening out, should explosive diarrhea strike
at the wrong moment.

Should you see a doctor if you are suffering from explosive
diarrhea? The uncomfortable condition usually passes on its
own after one or two days and it is not usually harmful.
Chronic diarrhea that lasts more than a month is usually the
sign of a chronic disease like
Crohn’s disease or inflammatory
bowel disease
. If your diarrhea lasts longer than a week or you
are also suffering
bleeding from the rectum you need to see a
doctor. Children and adults suffering from dehydration should
see a health care provide immediately.

What can you do if you want your explosive diarrhea to fizzle
out and die away? How can you prevent lighting the touch-
paper of explosive diarrhea in the first place? We’ve looked at
the available scientific evidence to see how you can cure
explosive diarrhea the natural way.




























1.
Change Your Diet after Explosive Diarrhea

The last thing you’ll want to do when you’re suffering
explosive diarrhea is eat, but when symptoms subside you’re
likely to want something back in your stomach. Be careful what
you eat during and after diarrhea – avoid greasy, fatty foods
and sweet foods. Go for the blandest “meals” you can manage;
try plain rice, plain toast, baked chicken without any trimmings
or boiled potatoes.

Explosive diarrhea is sometimes caused by intolerance to
lactose, the sugar found in milk, according to experts including
James and Burks (1999) in “Food-associated gastrointestinal
disease”. Digesting lactose is also difficult when you are
suffering a bout of diarrhea. Yoghurt is a better choice than
milk, particularly because it often contains probiotics….

2.  
Take Probiotics to Help Cure Explosive Diarrhea

Probiotics are bacteria and fungi that don’t work against you
but for you, helping your digestive tract work properly and
reducing the amount of “bad” bacteria in your body by
competing with them for space.

Experts have built up a body of evidence that states probiotics
are useful for treating and preventing diarrhea, including acute
explosive diarrhea. According to Eskisehir Osmangazi University
(2012) S. boulardii, a probiotic, shortened the duration of
diarrhea and reduced hospital stays. A 2010 study from
Swansea University, UK also confirmed through a review of
over 8,000 cases that probiotics reduced the length of a
diarrhea episode although researchers need to complete
further research to see which probiotics are most effective.


[Update:

You can take probiotic supplements of course. But there are
plenty of natural foods that also are probiotic, including
probiotic yogurt, Koren kimchi, sauerkraut and good ol' pickles.

New research has found that many probiotics are killed by
stomach acid before they can do you any good. But there is a
solution. Here are foods that help to "escort" probiotics on
their way to your intestines.]

3.
Avoid Travelers’ Diarrhea and Explosive Diarrhea on Vacation

Frequent travelers take it as a given that they’ll suffer diarrhea
when visiting developing countries, but you shouldn’t have to
experience explosive diarrhea on vacation. Follow some
sensible precautions and cut your risk (and time in the
bathroom) by half. Don’t ever drink the faucet water (drink
bottled), never eat ice made from faucet water, don’t eat raw
fruit or vegetables unless they are peeled by yourself, avoid
raw meat and fish, and don’t be tempted by the flavors from
the street vendors.

One study is 2013 from Bahir Dar University in Ehthiopia noted
that "In developing countries the major sources of food-borne
illnesses are street vended foods".

4.
Drink Plenty of Water Following Explosive Diarrhea

Explosive diarrhea can cause dehydration because of the
amount of fluid you are expelling from your body in a short
period of time. If you are showing signs of dehydration you
need to go to your health care provider. To prevent
dehydration you need plenty of water but water alone doesn’t
work because it doesn’t contain electrolytes. Choose fruit
juices, caffeine-free drinks like soft drinks and sports drinks,
and broths.

5.
Can Apple Pectin Improve Symptoms of Explosive Diarrhea?

It seems that an extract from apple pectin, when combined
with the soothing herb chamomile, can help improve the
symptoms of acute diarrhea, including acute explosive diarrhea.
These results come from a 2006 study by the Medical Office for
Pediatrics and Allergology, Bonn, Germany and the research
was carried out on 225 children and infants.  

Notwithstanding this study, since 2003 pectin has been banned
by the FDA as an aid against diarrhea.  
Pectin is, however, safe
for human consumption, the FDA recently affirmed.

6.
Tormentil Root for Diarrhea Help

Taking an extract made from the herb tormentil root (
Potentilla tormentilla) may help lessen the severity of your
explosive diarrhea symptoms, according to 2003 research from
the State Pediatric Medical Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia.
This double-blind study looked at the herb’s effect on
combating the rotavirus infection and concluded it was
beneficial for treating acute diarrhea caused by this infection.
The herb also helped reduce abdominal cramps.

7.
Can Carob Help Treat Explosive Diarrhea?

Yes it can, according to a 1989 study by the Academic
Children's Hospital, Free University of Brussels, Belgium. Carob
powder, rich in tannins, was tested to see if it could help
children suffering from diarrhea. The 41 children experienced a
speedier resolution of their explosive diarrhea symptoms as
compared to placebo. The children in the study reacted well to
the powder and there were no significant side effects.

8.
Take Wheat Germ to Aid Recover from Explosive Diarrhea

The parasite giardiasis is a major cause of explosive diarrhea
worldwide.

Scientists at the Center for the Study of Host Resistance, McGill
University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada looked at the ways in
which this parasite might be stopped in its tracks. A 2001 study
from the center showed wheat germ helped enhance the effect
of standard diarrhea treatment, making it more likely that
sufferers would recover quickly.

9.
Could Brewer’s Yeast Help Explosive Diarrhea Sufferers?

The bitter-tasting byproduct of the brewery industry could
have more use than making a refreshing beer. According to
1998 research from the University of Pittsburgh and Children's
Hospital of Pittsburgh brewer’s yeast helped lessen symptoms
of diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea.  

10.
Treat Explosive Diarrhea with Goldenseal or Oregon Grape

Still looking for something that could help lessen your
symptoms and bring comfort as you suffer from explosive
diarrhea? Try the herb goldenseal. Goldenseal contains
berberine, a substance with supposed antimicrobial properties
which may help when dealing with diarrhea. Research in 1987
by Rabbani, Butler, Knight J, et al entitled “Randomized
controlled trial of berberine sulfate therapy for diarrhea due to
enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli and Vibrio cholera” suggests
berberine can help ease symptoms caused by the E.coli bacteria.

If you’re looking for other herbs that contain berberine, try
Oregon grape and barberry.

[Update:

You should never give barberry or any other herb containing
berberine to any child, especially newborns. Berberine can
cause brain damage in newborns, according to
Penn State
University.































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