Dysentery: Treatment, Diet and Home Remedies

Food and Nutrition

Foods to be taken
  • Potatoes (without the skin)
  • White bread
  • Bananas
  • Boiled rice
  • Apple
  • Toast with honey, jam or vegemite (no butter or margarine)
  • Plain Biscuits (e.g. Sao with the above spreads)
  • Boiled vegetables
  • Clear soup
  • Plain salad
  • Yoghurt and cheese
  • Drink fruit juices such as orange and pomegranate juices
  Foods to be avoided
  • Avoid dairy products such as cheese, heavy cream, butter and ice cream.
  • Spicy, greasy, fried foods can trigger bowel irritation and prolong diarrhoea.
  • Processed foods made from refined flour, high amounts of added sugars such as cakes, donuts, pastries and pizza dough worsen diarrhoea.
  • Foods that can aggravate diarrhoea include raw vegetables, red meat and fruits that have high amounts of fibre such as citrus fruits.
  • Alcoholic beverages, carbonated and caffeinated drinks such as sodas, colas, coffee and strong tea may aggravate symptoms of diarrhoea.
  • Some foods may cause bloating or gas such as whole grain breads and cereals, nuts, vegetables such as onions, beans, cabbage, peas, broccoli and cauliflower. Avoid these until you have recovered.

Yoga and Exercise

Do not exercise if you experience severe dysentery, as this can worsen the risk of dehydration.

Yoga asanas for dysentery
  • Shavasana
  • Shirshasana
  • Sarvangasana 

Home Remedies

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Take oral rehydration solutions (ORS)
  • Eat as soon as you feel up to it
  • If your rectal area becomes sore because of frequent bowel movements take warm baths Afterwards, pat the area dry (do not rub) with a clean, soft towel

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