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what are enemas?

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Dr. You Sung Sang
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Rectal delivery : An enema is a method of delivering medicine into the colon via the rectum. Usually made up of a plastic container with a soft flexible tip.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Whats an enema?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Rectal: Liquid (usually medication) introduced into the rectum. Most commonly used for constipation.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is an enema?

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Dr. Alissa Zenack
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Hard to pass: An enema is typically used for people who are constipated. The individual inserts a tube into the rectum to infuse fluid into the bowel and encourage a bowel movement. Ordinary enemas contain tap water, mixtures of soap and water, glycerine and water, or other materials. Prior to using an enema, it is advisable to consukt with a physician to determine if this is the proper treatment.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you recommend enema type?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Go see ur Family Doc: Before jumping to enemas, look for other lifestyle options to manage/resolve constipation: increase fiber, fluids & physical activity. Failing that, consider stool softeners. If that doesn't work (or if taking opioids regularly), then consider laxatives. Regarding types of enemas, check out http://www.atitesting.com/ati_next_gen/skillsmodules/content/enemas/accepted-practice/types_of_enemas.html
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can I use an enema that expired?

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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Not recommended: It is not recommended to use medications past their expiration date.
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How to give a enema to yourself?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Enema: Purchase a fleets enema. Lie on your side on a plastic Blanket or towel. Bend both knees. Don't force the enema nozzle while inserting it into the rectum and apply gentle pressure to the bottle.. Try to retain the liquid for at least ten minutes before sitting on the toilet. Higher enemas are available but I recommend having a nurse administering them.

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