Treatment for stomach infection
The treatment for stomach or intestinal infection should be guided by a general practitioner or a gastroenterologist to understand the signs and symptoms presented by the person. In most cases, treatment can be carried out at home and has the objective of promoting the elimination of the infectious agent, relieving symptoms and preventing dehydration.
Some of the recommendations indicated by the doctor are:
- keep at rest until the symptoms improve;
- Adopt a light and easily digestible dietgiving preference to roasted white meat, vegetables and fruits, to relieve tension on the gastrointestinal system;
- drink lots of liquids to maintain the hydration of the organism in the form of water, te, homemade suero or coconut water;
- Wash and cook food wellpreventing the ingestion of bad bacteria.
- Do not take medications that obstruct the intestine.
If the symptoms occur within 2 days, in the case of children or 3 in the case of adults, signs and symptoms that indicate possible dehydration, such as darker urine, lack of sweating, dry skin and lips, It is important to consult a doctor so that he can start the proper treatment. Learn more about intestinal infection.
According to the symptoms presented, its intensity and the microorganism responsible for the infection, the doctor can recommend carrying out more specific treatment:
Medications for intestinal infection are usually indicated in case of infection by bacteria and parasites and are recommended along with general guidelines for rest, increased fluid consumption and light food.
In case of intestinal infection caused by bacteria, the doctor may recommend the use of antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin or metronidazole, for example, especially in cases of severe diarrhea. In cases of intestinal infection by parasites, the use of antiparasitic drugs, such as albendazole or mebendazole, within 3 days or as indicated by the doctor may be indicated. See more about medicines for intestinal infection.
The use of probiotics can also be indicated in case of intestinal infection, as they help to rebalance the intestinal microbiota, so that the infectious agents responsible for the infection can be tackled more easily, favoring the relief of symptoms. Find out more about probiotics.
During intestinal infection, it is recommended that you have a lighter and more easily digestible diet, giving preference to foods such as cooked white rice, pasta, white meats with little spices, cooked fruits without shells, glued yoke and sugar, avoiding tés with caffeine, as té verde, black and mate, can cause irritation in the gastrointestinal system and worsen the symptoms.
In the lunches, it is recommended to consume dry galletas without relleno, pan blando with fruit marmalade, natural yogurt and white cheeses, such as ricotta, which are poor in grease and easy to digest.
During diarrhea, you should avoid the consumption of vegetables and fruits with shell, even in soups or cooked salads, as they are rich in fiber, resulting in an increase in intestinal transit and favoring diarrhea. Foods rich in fat should be avoided, such as red meats, butter, whole milk, yellow cheese, tocino, longaniza, sausages and processed foods, as well as foods that increase the production of gases, such as cabbage, huevo, maize, peas, for example .
Which doctor should you consult
If you have a stomach or intestinal infection, it is recommended to consult a gastroenterologist, who is the doctor responsible for evaluating and treating stomach and intestinal problems. However, many situations can also be treated by a general practitioner or family doctor.
How to treat intestinal infection in the baby
The treatment for intestinal infection in the baby must be guided by a pediatrician, who will depend on the cause of the infection.
However, the most important thing is to keep the baby well hydrated, offering herrid water or milk at 15-minute intervals, in addition to maintaining good hygiene, preventing the baby from coming into contact with wet objects, heces, urinates or other sources of microorganisms. .
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