In this brief guide, we will address the query: “Can you eat eggs when you have diarrhea?” Also, we’ll explore what foods you should avoid if you have diarrhea, what triggers diarrhea, and when to see a doctor if you have diarrhea.
Can you eat eggs when you have diarrhea?
Yes, if you’re sick with diarrhea, you can eat eggs, so long as they’re cooked and don’t have any added fat (this discards frying as a cooking method).
Eggs are high in protein and can help slow your digestive function while it recovers from diarrhea, and can be combined with the BRAT diet.
Namely, eggs can be consumed soft-cooked if you’re recovering from diarrhea, sans any condiments, or additional ingredients that are high in fat such as processed meats.
What foods should I avoid if I have diarrhea?
The foods you should avoid if you have or are recovering from diarrhea are those high in sodium, fat, sulfur, spicey, and high in irritants.
These include dairy, oily spreads, whole grains, coffee, alcohol, citric fruits, fizzy drinks, dried fruits, vegetables high in fiber, food with artificial sweeteners, rich, fat-rich meats, etc.
Insoluble fiber (such as those sourced from leafy greens and vegetables) can worsen diarrhea, as it may have a laxative effect and should therefore be avoided
Raw vegetables can be harder to digest, and therefore are contraindicated for patients suffering from diarrhea.
Whole grains are contraindicated, due to their insoluble fiber content.
Dairy should be eschewed, as some components may be difficult to digest (such as lactose and dairy fat), and may cause further stress on your recovering digestive system.
Rich, fatty meats (including processed meat) should also be avoided, as breaking them down may cause further strain on your sensitive digestive system.
What triggers diarrhea?
Diarrhea is a bowel response that can be triggered by various stimuli. It can be caused by viral infections, bacterial infections, toxins, parasites, a digestive overload, allergic reactions, non-allergic sensitivities, medication, and diseases involving organs in the digestive system.
Loose stool is not necessarily considered diarrhea, and usually, at least three watery bowel movements a day are regarded as diarrhea.
Physiologically speaking, diarrhea is triggered by the large bowel’s inability to remove water from the fecal content. This stool, which retains a high water volume, is then passed and has a signature, loose consistency that can cause discomfort and irritation.
Diarrhea can be acute if it is triggered by something such as a pathogen or a toxin, or it can evolve over the course of several days if is caused by an underlying condition such as an autoimmune disease or an organic pathology.
Non-infectious diarrhea may resolve itself over the course of a few days with a specialized diet such as BRAT, though if it persists, it may be a symptom of another underlying condition.
When should I see a doctor if I have diarrhea?
If you’re experiencing severe diarrhea accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, nausea, abdominal aches, and pain in other parts of your body, we urge you to seek out medical assistance as soon as possible.
Symptoms of alarm include severe dehydration, fevers, and passing blood in your stool.
A certified medical professional will perform the necessary examinations and may order tests to arrive at a definitive diagnosis.
If the diarrhea is of an infectious nature, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or anti-parasitics to address bacterial and protozoic infections, respectively.
In the case of virus-induced diarrhea, your doctor will indicate that you maintain proper hydration and avoid eating foods that will tax your digestive system until the symptoms have abated.
Furthermore, if you’re experiencing diarrhea chronically, your doctor may deem it necessary to order state-of-the-art testing such as labs, and diagnostic imaging to reach a conclusive diagnosis.
We urge our readers to consult with a medical doctor if their symptoms persist for more than two days and to avoid self-medicating with over-the-counter anti-diarrheal agents for prolonged periods.
Using antidiarrheal agents may address the symptoms, but it may do little to treat the underlying cause. Additionally, you may or may not experience sensitivity reactions to the components in an antidiarrheal agent’s formulation, and worsen your condition.
To summarize, diarrhea that persists and has a detrimental effect on your day-to-day activities should be treated by a medical professional.
In this brief guide, we have addressed the query: “Can you eat eggs when you have diarrhea?” Also, we have explored what foods you should avoid if you have diarrhea, what triggers diarrhea, and when to see a doctor if you have diarrhea.