Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Cryptosporidium Gastroenteritis Diarrhea in Adults

Home treatment of diarrhea in adults with cryptosporidium enterocolitis includes hydration and dietary therapy.

Those who are able to drink liquids can restore lost water and salt with oral rehydration therapy (ORT).

ORT fluids are usually used in children, but are also effective for adults. These include:

  • Infalyte
  • Lytren
  • Naturalyte
  • Pedialyte
  • Rehydralyte
  • ReVital
  • Generic drugstore brands

Additional ORT fluids include:
  • Soft drinks without caffeine
  • Sports drinks (Gatorade)
  • Tea
  • Water

Dietary Therapy
ORT is most important if you have vomiting with the diarrhea. Once vomiting and nausea resolves, eat bland foods first. If you tolerate bland food, then you can resume a normal diet.

Foods that may help diarrhea:
  • Applesauce
  • Bananas
  • Bread
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Noodles
  • Oatmeal
  • Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Strained carrots
  • Wheat
  • Yogurt

Items that may worsen diarrhea include:
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Concentrated fruit juices
  • High-sugar foods (junk food)
  • Cow's milk
  • Spicy foods
  • Sugar substitutes

Continue to Cryptosporidium Gastroenteritis Diarrhea in Children

Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Cryptosporidium Gastroenteritis References
  1. Caccio S, Pinter E, Fantini R, Mezzaroma I, Pozio E. Human infection with Cryptosporidium felis: case report and literature review. Emerg Infect Dis. 2002 Jan;8(1):85-6. [11749756]
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cryptosporidosis (Cryptosporidium spp.)--a CDC J Environ Health. 2004 Jul-Aug;67(1):52. [15310057]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.