One of the mainstays of preventing irritable bowel syndrome is preventing gastroenteritis. So good hand hygiene and watching what you’re eating is very important. There have been some studies that show that early antibiotic use in gastroenteritis and traveler’s diarrhea has been associated with decreased risk of post infectious irritable bowel syndrome. There is a lot of research being done right now looking at early interventions to prevent irritable bowel syndrome. However, a specific medication or drug has not been identified. Physical activity, a balanced diet, and management of underlying psychiatric conditions and stress are very, very important.