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Constipation

Constipation is a common condition that affects people of all ages.


It usually means that you’re not passing stools regularly or you’re unable to completely empty your bowel (more common).

Causes

Constipation happens when the colon absorbs too much water from your food. If the food moves through the digestive system too slowly, it can become hard and dry. This slow movement can be due to a variety of reasons, including individual variation, diet, lack of physical activity, dehydration, medical conditions or certain medications.

Symptoms

The main symptoms of constipation include but not limited to:

  • Altered bowel habits

  • Bloating

  • Incomplete evacuation

  • Abdominal discomfort

Treatment

Here are a few things you can do to help prevent and alleviate constipation:

  • Increase your fiber intake

  • Stay hydrated

  • Exercise regularly

  • Proper toilet routines. Don’t ignore the urge to go

  • Use of laxatives (as directed)

Conclusion

While constipation can be uncomfortable, it’s usually temporary and treatable with lifestyle changes and sometimes medications.


If you’re experiencing constipation that does not settle down, it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider to rule out more serious causes.

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