Intestinal Infection Symptoms and Causes | Natural Treatments for Intestine Infection

Causes of Intestinal Infection

Intestinal infection is caused mainly by poor hygiene. For example, eating with dirty hands or eating in unsanitary environment can cause people to ingest some bacteria and other elements. These agents will then thrive in one’s stomach, multiplying until they create an infection. Sometimes intestinal infection is due to the food itself that we eat. This happens when the food was not cleaned properly prior to cooking or when they are cooked improperly. Sometimes water is also a cause for intestinal infection. In all these instances, the infection is caused mainly by people’s neglect for cleanliness.

Forms of Intestinal Infection

The most common forms of intestinal infection involve the habitation of parasites in one’s digestive system, especially the intestines. The most common parasites are the pinworm and tapeworm, both of which can cause severe pain as well as difficulty in eliminating waste. Pinworms – white parasitic worm’”inhabit in the large intestines. On the other hand, tapeworms are much longer than pinworms and are more parasitic.

Symptoms of Intestinal Infection

The following are the most common symptoms of intestinal infection:

  • Loss of appetite and sudden, unexpected weight loss. In most instances, a person suffering from intestinal infection may feel that his stomach is full.
    On the other hand, weight loss is the result of the activities of the parasites: competing with the affected person’s body for food and nutrients.
  • Enlarging of the abdomen. This is commonly experienced by those who have severe cases of intestinal infection.
  • Irritability.
  • In other cases, persons suffering from intestinal infection experience itching near the anus. This results when the person eliminates and some of the eggs of the parasitic worm accompany the body waste.

Home Remedies for Intestinal Infection

There are plenty of home remedies that you can use in treating intestinal Infections. These treatments use items that are easily found in your kitchen:

  • Ginger: Chewing ginger will help eliminate intestinal infection. If one cannot stand the taste of chewing ginger, try making a ginger tea and drinking it regularly.
  • In order to neutralize the acid in the digestive areas caused by parasitic infection, consume a lot of bananas. This will help in settling one’s tummy in a balanced environment.
  • For worm infection, fresh coconut oil has to be taken every morning.
  • Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.


  1. MD said:

    I have just recovered (I think) from diverticulitis and had a severe reaction to the antibiotics. Do you think making a drink with raw ginger (boiled) & honey will help? I also got extremely constipated.

    November 8, 2009
    • Salina said:

      It would be easier, if you provided me with your exact diagnosis and the symptoms of the reaction, and the complaints that you are suffering from.

      Gastro-intestinal friendly foods:

      1. The most important thing to bear in mind is to give adequate rest to your stomach and intestines. Consume only bland, easy to digest, soft foods. Let porridges, rice gruels, lightly seasoned soups, juices, and coconut water be the mainstay of your diet for at least 1 week. Avoid foods that will putrefy – legumes and fermented foods.

      2. A combination of ginger and honey is a good remedy. Ginger is a digestive, and helps to check nausea, vomiting, and flatulence. Honey soothes the inflamed lining of the gut. Grate 1/2 inch ginger and mix it with 2 tablespoons honey. Consume 15 minutes after a meal.

      3. Every morning, on rising, eat 5 dry figs. Dry figs add bulk to the stools, soften them and aid in their easy passage, without causing any strain. Constipation is cured instantly.

      November 26, 2009
  2. K A said:

    I am 24 years old. I have been having intestine infection for some months now. My doctor prescribed these drugs: RIFAXIMINA SANDOZ 200MG. My only regret most time after taking this medicine is that it does not treat the problem totally. After a few days, I have the same symptoms all over again. What can I do to get rid of this illness once and for all.

    December 25, 2010
    • A N said:

      It will be easier, if you provide symptoms of your intestinal infection. If you have done any investigation, let me know. A stool examination is beneficial in such circumstances. Meanwhile, you can maintain a bland diet as that will ease digestion. Rice gruels, vegetable soups, porridge, yogurt, pomegranate juice, bananas, baked potatoes etc. are some the foods you should eat for about week or so. Avoid meat and other non-vegetarian products for some time. Avoid spicy food, junk food, fried and refined foods and other types of processed foods. Avoid alcohol.

      January 2, 2011
  3. U S said:

    I am suffering with typhoid fever due to some infection in my intestines. I feel string gaseous movement around my intestines accompanied with occasional pain. I took some antibiotics (Ciproxin and Risek). My Doctor advised me to drink more milk.

    January 4, 2011
    • PUP said:

      Can you let me know whether your doctor has prescribed the medicines or you are taking on your own? Have you done blood tests for typhoid? Do you suffer from fever?
      You should avoid heavy and fried food. A normal diet comprising of cereals, rice, fruits and vegetables, tomato soup, buttermilk, milk if you are fond of it. Avoid meat, fish, cheese, butter for few weeks.

      January 15, 2011
  4. Dom said:

    My wife has been dealing with a severe intestinal infection and it has been a long, grueling process to get a medication called Alinia. We cannot find it so we need to resort to some natural home remedies to treat the infection in her intestines.

    January 26, 2012
  5. r said:

    I am 22 years old am suffering from intestinal infection. My symptoms are diarrhea after my every meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Is there any remedy for my problem?

    February 11, 2012
    • TDR said:

      One of the most common causes of diarrhea is Viral gastroenteritis. It is a viral infection of the stomach and the small intestine. You need to be careful as chronic diarrhea can lead to dehydration as you lose excessive fluids and minerals (electrolytes) from the body. If your diarrhea is accompanied with fever, bloody stools, server dehydration, prolonged vomiting you must see your doctor immediately.
      Some of the common home remedies for intestinal infections are:
      1. Chew on raw ginger. If you do not like the raw taste, drink ginger tea. Ginger is said to have properties to cleanse the intestines.
      2. Eating a banana should help reduce stomach acid.
      3. Stick to a mostly-liquid diet.
      4. Strictly avoid meat and other “difficult-to-digest” foods.
      5. Keep drinking a lot of fluid to avoid dehydration.

      February 13, 2012
  6. LJ said:

    I am 55 years old, I have been suffering from intestinal issues for a few years now. My symptoms are internal hemorrhoids , periodic bleeding and indigestion. My doctor finally ordered a colonoscopy and endoscopy which confirmed diverticulitis and internal hemorrhoids. I was told to eat more fiber and drink more water, which I began to do. However, I noticed that a couple of months after the procedure I began to loose weight pretty constantly, even though I maintained the same appetite as always. I consulted with my doctor and they have done several test to understand why I am unable to regain the weight I lost. They’ve not ordered a bowel culture test as of yet and I am wondering if that is something that you think would be beneficial.
    My thoughts are that I possibly contracted some type of parasite or some other infection during the procedure because I have read that it is possible to pick up infections from the equipment used because of either unsanitary cleansing procedures. Please give me your best advice as to what I can possibly do to rectify this ongoing problem, because my intestinal issues have gotten worse.

    March 14, 2012
  7. INE said:

    Since few days I am suffering from left sided abdominal pain. I did stool test in a laboratory as advised by my doctor. It showed infection in the intestine. She prescribed me Tab Pefloxcin (antibiotic) for 4 days, I felt better for few days, but the pain has started again, even though I am taking berry necter. What should I do?

    May 8, 2012
  8. Maria said:

    My son (2.5 years) was diagnosed with bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. He was treated but still has a bloated belly and on and off very high fever. What can you recommend for his diet?

    May 25, 2012
  9. MT said:

    What type of stool test has to be done to find out infection in stool. I am suffering from intestinal infection.

    June 18, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Stool Routine test is the most simple and specific test for detecting intestinal infection. If needed, the doctor sometimes also recommends to do Stool culture and sensitivity test.

      June 19, 2012
  10. Sam said:

    I am suffering from intestinal infection for quite some time now. I took allopathic, homeopathic and Ayurvedic treatments but they only provide relief for a brief period. Please suggest me some alternative treatment for the same.

    June 28, 2012
    • PUP said:

      • Chew a piece of ginger or drink ginger tea. It has antibacterial properties which are effective in killing the intestinal germs.
      • Drink a glass of milk mixed with 1 tsp of honey. Honey soothes the inflamed intestine lining and acts upon the germs.
      • Broccoli and plantains are two high fiber containing foods. According to a research broccoli and plantain contain compound that helps in protecting the internal lining of intestine and flushing out the bad bacteria from the intestine.

      June 28, 2012
  11. Jesi said:

    I am 22 years old and I have been experiencing strong gas like pain in my abdomen and stomach for last 5 days. I feel and look bloated and cannot eat much, please help me.

    July 29, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Pain in abdomen should not be neglected or should not be taken lightly. There are so many reasons for pain in abdomen. The pain can be due to colitis (inflammation in the intestinal lining), it can be due to appendicitis, it can be due to gaseous distension, hepatitis and gallstone colic. They all give rise to pain in abdomen. Many times the location of pain becomes helpful for diagnosing the cause. Considering your complaints and your age, you should consult your doctor to rule out some serious causes.

      July 30, 2012
  12. Jack said:

    Three weeks ago, I had food poisoning (vomiting, diarrhea). Since then, there’s been an increase in gurgling sounds in my abdomen and a slight loss of appetite. I’m not feeling any pain or discomfort in the abdomen area, but it’s clear that something is out of whack down there. Could this be an intestinal infection? If yes, what natural remedies might be helpful?

    September 25, 2012
    • PUP said:

      I would like to know the frequency of bowel movements as well as the consistency of stools. Are they semisolid or solid? You need to do a stool check in a good laboratory. This will help you to know if the infection still persists. Gurgling sound that you hear is due to increase in the intestinal motility. Probably the body is adjusting after a diarrhea episode. Drink buttermilk two times in a day after meals. Also eat yogurt. Both will help to keep a good balance of intestinal bacteria.

      September 25, 2012
  13. ID said:

    I am having severe embarrassing itch in my underarms since 4 months. I have taken many allopathic medicines and applied many ointments. It has not cured my problem. Can you suggest any home remedies for it?

    October 4, 2012
    • PUP said:

      It seems you are suffering from fungus infection. It can also be an allergic reaction to your tight fitting clothes. In any case, avoid too much of perspiration in your underarms.
      • Avoid using deodorants and do not shave your underarms till itching is relieved.
      • Dab cornstarch in your armpits after bathing. This will keep the underarms dry.
      • Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes.
      • Wear loose sleeve clothes.
      • If you are obese, reduce your weight.

      October 4, 2012
  14. RK said:

    I am 21 years old suffering from intestinal infection. I have to go to the loo at least 15 times in a day. My stomach feels full all the time. I feel like puking. Sometimes my stomach aches while I am in toilet.

    October 28, 2012
    • PUP said:

      First of all you have to check your stool sample in a pathology laboratory. It will help to detect amoebic infection if any. You should drink boiled water. Avoid eating fast food and too much oily and spicy food. Avoid alcohol. Eat plenty of curd and yogurt. They have plenty of healthy bacteria to counter harmful intestinal bacteria. If amoeba infection is detected, your doctor will begin anti amoebic treatment. take as prescribed.

      October 29, 2012
  15. SN said:

    I am 22 year old male, whenever I wake up in morning I have bad burps and many times I feel like vomiting. I m not able to understand what to do as my physician had given me tablets for liver and for gas, but it’s not working. I have undergone every liver tests like endoscopy, LFT, even whole abdominal USG everything is normal but I have no relief. Please suggest me what to do? Is this disease related to intestine? If yes suggest me the test which I need to do.

    December 11, 2012
    • PUP said:

      It seems you should modify your lifestyle. Avoid eating too spicy and too oily food.
      Eat two hours before retiring to bed. If you are drinking alcohol or smoking cigarette stop it completely. Lastly, consult a cardiologist and do an electrocardiogram (ECG).

      December 11, 2012
  16. AT said:

    Before starting the treatment it is necessary to know the underlying cause that is producing mild fever and intestinal infection. Has your doctor suggested any tests? Does the fever come daily and at what time? What are other associated symptoms if any along with fever? Do you have pain in abdomen? Do you have frequent diarrhea or constipation? Do you have vomiting? How is your appetite? Do you have weight loss in last few months and if yes how many kilograms have you lost?

    July 8, 2017
  17. SP said:

    I am suffering from too much of gas, bloating and constipation. Whenever I eat something, I feel gases and bloating in my abdomen. I think it may be because of antibiotics that I had taken few days back. I also have dandruff and flaking on my eyebrows and outer border of my ear. Is there any home remedy to treat this problem?

    July 31, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Gasses and distention in abdomen occur when the food remains undigested and gets fermented by the bacteria in the gut. Too much of drinking aerated drinks, not chewing your food properly, eating too much of gas forming food such as cabbage, broccoli, corn, pasta, potatoes, etc, swallowing air, can all lead to gasses and distension in the stomach. Here are few home remedy tips that will help to relieve a person from gasses in stomach:
      • Exercise daily for 30 minutes
      • Drink enough water
      • Avoid eating too much of food that contributes in forming gas.
      • Chew your food properly before you swallow.
      • Drink ginger tea. The carminative effect of ginger is useful to expel the gas.
      • Eat one cup of yogurt daily. Yogurt contains good bacteria that balance intestinal bacterial flora after taking antibiotics.
      Try this home remedy for your dandruff on scalp and eyebrow. Chances are you must be having dry skin. Massage your eyebrows with almond oil daily at night. You can also apply it on your scalp and over the border of your ear. However, wash your face next morning as the oil can clog the pores.
      The leaves of azadirachta indica are known to treat dandruff. Boil few leaves of this plant. Once the water is cool, wash your eyebrows and scalp with this it. The oils and other constituents in the leaves are effective in getting rid of dead skin and eliminate dandruff.

      August 1, 2018

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