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Constipation

ABOUT CONSTIPATION

 
Constipation refers to a condition characterized by irregular bowel movements and difficulty in passing stools. While occasional constipation is somewhat common with most people, chronic constipation requires medical attention and lifestyle changes. If you have sudden and unexpected trouble with bowel movements, Urgent Clinics Medical Care is here to help you manage the problem.
 
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SYMPTOMS OF CONSTIPATION

There are a few common signs of constipation, including

  • Issues with bowel movements
  • Straining (difficulty in passing stools)
  • Hard stools
  • Discomfort due to inadequate stool passing
  • Pain in the abdomen

In rare cases, patients may have other symptoms, such as vomiting.
 

HOW TO TREAT CONSTIPATION?

 
Typically, patients dealing with constipation are advised to increase their regular intake of water. Drinking warm liquids in the morning can help in passing stools easily. There are a few mild over-the-counter stool softeners that healthcare providers may suggest, depending on symptoms. Laxatives may be taken, but shouldn’t be used for a long period unless suggested by a medical professional. The first line of treatment should always address changes in diet and lifestyle, while medicines for softening stools in case of sudden and unexpected constipation may be suggested.
 
SHOULD I SEE A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER?
 
If you have consistent constipation for more than two weeks, you must seek medical care to determine if there are any underlying causes.

Professional healthcare should be sought when

 

HOW TO PREVENT CONSTIPATION?

 
Constipation can generally be avoided with proper diet and nutrition. Try to increase your water intake by two to three glasses each day, while including plenty of fiber and bran. Fresh foods and vegetables are essential for chronic constipation patients, and if needed, supplements may be taken for fiber. Foods, especially processed, are best avoided. If constipation is trigger by a medicine, your doctor may make changes in your previous prescription. Exercise is always recommended for chronic constipation.


 


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