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It Hits When You Least Expect It

Diarrhea heartburn is a combination of the two most common problems experienced from your digestive track. Both are annoying and can be harmful if they continue for a period of time. By learning what causes these troubles and ways to relieve them you. You can prevent and stop Diarrhea heartburn symptoms from interrupting your busy life style.  If  "Plop plop fizz fizz" does not fix the problem, be ready for a serious plan.

Diarrhea and Heartburn, Oh No!

Many take their gestational intestinal track for granted until it causes problems like diarrhea heartburn. Diarrhea is your body's way of expelling toxins from our bodies and is usually harmless unless it persists for more than a few days. Heartburn can be harmful if left untreated. Taking over the counter medicines, and some of the following advice may help your heartburn subside.

What it May Mean When You Have Both

Many doctors agree, diarrhea is your body's way of getting rid of harmful toxins. Normally diarrhea lasts a few days. If it persists longer than that, or you experience fever or abdominal cramps, rash, weakness, and/or blood in your stool or if you have jaundice you should see your doctor. You should monitor elderly patients and babies very closely. They may experience fast and dangeous dehydration very quickly from diarrhea.

Besides harmful toxins other things causes diarrhea they include; food poisoning, stomach flu, irritable bowl syndrome, virus, or parasites, stomach or gallbladder surgery. Lactose intolerance also causes diarrhea. Medicines such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, antibiotic, quinidine, lactulose and clochicine can cause diarrhea.  This list is by no means complete.  The first thing to do if you experience diarrhea is to check your medications or anything you may have taken over the counter for side effects.  Call your pharmacy if in doubt.

Infants With Diarrhea Heartburn May Need Emergency Attention

Diarhea is always a serious symptom in children under four years of age and should not persist for more than a day.  Always call a peditrician and always watch the baby very closely for fluid intake.   Babies should be given Pedialyte, ReSol, and/or Lytren or their generic equivalents.  Infants may upon doctors' orders,  be fed applesauce, bananas, and rice cereals for a couple of days; whereas older children should have dry toast, crackers, chicken broth and other bland foods. Strained carrots and yogurt can be given to most ages and will assist in reducing symptoms once the cause is determined.

Simple Solutions for Adult Diarrhea

Adults should be given clear liquids, foods that can be seen through. Then try applesauce bananas, gradually increase the food intake. Liquids should include Gatorades or potassium rich drinks.  You should avoid milk and carbonated beverages.

Doctors suggest to let simple diarrhea it run its course. If you must take a medicine they suggest Imodium, Kaopectate, Pepto Bismol or their generic equalivents (talk to your pharmacist).  You may also use anti acids with aluminum hydroxide for some relief.

Don't Let Heartburn Persist

Heartburn is an agonizing and burning sensation in your throat. It is cased by your stomach acid flowing or escaping upwards or  backwards into your esophagus.

There are many causes for heartburn some include; medications, alcohol, foods and pregnancy. Other offenders include; caffeine drinks, carbonated drinks, acidy fruits, tomatoes, chocolate, foods that are spicy, or high in fat, onion. Overeating, being over weigh, laying down right after you eat, and smoking, can also cause heartburn. Medicines that cause heartburn include; aspirin, ibuprofen, some sedatives and some high blood pressure medicines.

You can treat heartburn with over the counter medicines. The medicine should contain magnesium hydroxide and aluminum hydroxide. For a more comprehensive treatment considering you might have diarrhea and heartburn; consider using proper doses of Maalox, Mylanta and Riopan Pepcid, Prilosec, Reglan, Zantac, Prevacid and Tagamet,

Other actions to consider include; raise the head of your bed six to nine inches.  Do not eat for at least three hours before lying down and watch what you eat.  Do avoid foods that give you heartburn and don't over eat.  Make sure your meal is high protein low fat and avoid tight cloths. If you smoke quit and if you're overweight try a nutritional diet.

When to See Your Doctor

If you experience heartburn symptoms more than twice a week or it is not relieved by over the counter medicines you need to see your doctor.  In adults diarrhea should not be allowed to persist for more than two days without contacting a physician.  If left untreated the acid can cause esophagitis, acid reflux disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastritis, hiatal hernia and peptic ulcers.  These are serious diseases and they are best to catch early rather than allowing them to become serious.

Some conditions whose side effects include both diarrhea and heart burn are; acute gastritis, alcohol chemical poisoning, copper toxicity, peptic ulcer and stomach cancer. All of these can be serious and need a doctor's immediate attention.

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