Your health professionals will discuss whether you are at risk of diarrhoea. There are strategies which can help prevent diarrhoea:
- Ensure you drink enough water and other beverages (avoid dairy-based fluids and drink clear fluids instead)
- Report signs of dehydration, including low urine output, rapid heart rate and headache/dizziness
- Modify your diet to prevent exacerbation of symptoms. Consider talking to a dietitian who can support you to manage your diet: avoid fatty/greasy and spicy foods, and raw vegetables and fruit, consume small, frequent, bland, low fibre meals (e.g. bananas, rice, noodles, white bread, skinless chicken or white fish), avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol, and limit dairy products
- Ensure peri-anal area is kept clean by regularly washing with tepid water and mild soap
- Apply barrier cream if your skin becomes irritated
Your doctor may prescribe medication to help you manage your symptoms. Although this medication is also available without prescription, it’s important that you discuss your situation with your care team. Your treatment regime may need to be adjusted depending on your symptoms.