Diarrhea, or loose stools, is a very draining and frustrating illness. It's also a very common illness that affects everyone at some point in their lives. However, most cases of loose stools can be cured in two to three days with the right diet and ample rest. A visit to the physician is usually not necessary.
Avoid milk, shakes, tea, coffee, ice cream and alcohol when you have loose stools. Any of these items will only exacerbate your problems. This list also includes whole wheat breads and cereals, greasy and fried foods, spicy foods and sweets.
Consume as many fluids as you can. This is to counter dehydration that can happen with loose stools. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and supplement it with clear soups, lemonade, ginger ale, or unsweetened fruit juices and broth.
Follow a BRAT (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast) diet to get over loose stools. This is especially recommended for children. You can supplement your new diet with baked skinless chicken, cooked carrots, boiled potatoes and crackers.
Take over-the-counter diarrhea medication if your condition doesn't improve even after putting yourself on a restricted diet. A majority of OTC medications are taken orally and should be taken after each episode of loose stools.