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A 17-year-old female asked:

i am experiencing constipation.

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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Constipation: hydrate yourself well, sleep well , move a lot, be active, lots of fruits and vegetables, OTC laxatives to help as needed, if that's not working, see your doctor for assessment, good luck
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Hypothyroidism and porphyria are two can see that get missed.
Apr 8, 2018
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab commented
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
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agree
Apr 8, 2018
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Constipation: Frequency of bowel movement varies from person to person but if you have to strain to produce hard stools, you're probably constipated. There are plenty of over-the-counter options such as PEG aka Miralax. You'll need to drink plenty of water. Consider increasing dietary fiber via whole grains plus plenty of fruits & veggies. Don't forget physical activity, too. Ask your Family Doc to review ur Rx

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How can I alleviate my 10-month-old's constipation?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Fluids and fiber: The best way to prevent constipation is by including plenty of water, fruits, and high fiber foods in your infants diet. If your baby is constipated, try giving prunes, prune juice or pear juice. You can also call your doctor, he/she may recommend other over-the-counter stool softeners.
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What is the treatment for constipation?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Most of the time...: ...High-fiber foods and plenty of water. Trouble is, most fiber tastes bad or has a bad texture. There are artificial fiber preparations that are tasteless, and can be added to any drink without making it unpalatable, but bran and bananas are still my favorites.
Dr. Anthony Filly
Radiology 26 years experience
Miralax is also good but agree, proper diet is best
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What happens if I leave my constipation untreated?

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Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 28 years experience
Constipation: At minimum, you should see a doctor and have a colonoscopy. If this test is normal, then the question is what exactly are your symptoms, and what is the frequency, severity, and impact on function of these symptoms. If constipation cause you to not eat, lose weight, and become ill, or if you cannot work or function socially because of these, it should be treated.
Australia
A 22-year-old female asked:

First time experiencing constipation. Haven't gone regularly for a week now. Going on a trip. No access to doctor. What is the worst that can happen?

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Dr. You Sung Sang
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Treat it now : I see this fairly commonly in people who are either traveling or about to. It would be best to try to become more regular now while you are at home. Try otc MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) powder ; titrate to effect.
Austin, TX
A 25-year-old female asked:

Experiencing episodic constipation over course of 2 months & now struggling w/ uncontrollable episodic contracting of sphincter. Causes? Treatments?

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Dr. Steven Hebert
Pathology 29 years experience
Sphincter pain: Sounds like you might have a rectal fissure. Please see a colorectal surgeon.

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