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Dr. Mark Wert
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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Is it safe to give yourself an enema using the bag?

Dr. Mark Wert
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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Is it safe to give yourself an enema using the bag?

Enemas: Using the enema bag specifically designed for such? The answer is yes but. Generally the otc fleets or saline enemas are more than sufficient. Anything more you should generally have some assistance, do such carefully, stop if you have pain. I would ask you to consult with your physician as to why you are so constipated. Try increasing fiber and adding miralax. Stay hydrated! ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Board Certified, Family Medicine
28 years in practice
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The JBL bag holds alot of water but how large an enema is safe to take? Also, how often can I use enemas?

Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Enema: Enemas should only be used on rare occasions. If you use them regularly then your body gets to the point that you will only have a BM when you use an enema. I would recommend when you use an enema that it be no more than 8-16 oz of fluid. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Is there a homemade solution to use by enema method to soothe my colon pain? Colonoscopy messed me up badly.

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Is there a homemade solution to use by enema method  to soothe my colon pain? Colonoscopy messed me up badly.

Wouldn't go there!: Humans are not designed to have people create homemade solutions to send up the butt. A G.I. Specialist can help, along with a primary care doctor. There may be approved enemas out there, but their effects and their side effects on a particular patient (and his or her underlying medical issues) should be carefully considered before venturing into enema territory. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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Is an enema bag with the tube good for bladder enema? Or does it have to have a catheter? Ones that are use specifically for that.

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
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I : I am not sure if i understand your question correctly. An enema tube and bag is specifically designed for use in the rectum, to try to help resolve constipation. It would not be a sterile device. A urinary bladder catheter is a different device used to help empty the urinary bladder. A urinary catheter would be longer, softer, usually sterile, and designed specifically for the urinary system. Unclean catheters could cause urinary bladder infections. You would not want to use an enema tube for a urinary bladder condition, if i understand your question correctly. ...Read more

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Dr. Matthew Cahill
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Is it safe or effective to use a turkey baster for a homemade enema to treat constipation?

Dr. Matthew Cahill
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Is it safe or effective to use a turkey baster for a homemade enema to treat constipation?

Think it over-: There are many premade enema kits that are safe and effective. Perhaps you should try these if you are constipated. Miralax, natural fiber like prunes or oatmeal or fiber capsules may all keep you regular. Anything smaller than the size of your stool may be used to deliver an enema safely. Water may be used, HOWEVER there is probably NOT other entirely safe ingredient (soap/coffee/molasses). ...Read more

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Barium enma test requires I drink a prep & enema 4 evacuation. But I have an ostomy bag and stoma. Should I take the prep if my rectum is inactive?

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Barium enma  test requires I drink a prep & enema 4 evacuation. But I have an ostomy bag and stoma.  Should I  take the prep if my rectum is inactive?

Yes: I will say "yes" because you put out stool through your colostomy bag and therefore it needs to be removed before barium enema. The only question i really have is why would you need to have barium enema to evaluate your colon when you can have colonoscopy? When barium enema is done on people without colostomy, they are usually expected to contract their anal sphincter to hold it. What about you? ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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Dr. Richard Zimon
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Is taking an enema safe? How long should you wait before taking it again?

Dr. Richard Zimon
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Is taking an enema safe? How long should you wait before taking it again?

"Fleet": Small volume enemas (example Fleet enema) are generally very safe. If you READ THE DIRECTIONS TWICE and so it correctly you shouldn't need a second. If more than one Fleet enema is required look for other reasons for your constipation.Since some of these reasons can be serious see you Primary Care Provider Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Should people buy and use enemas while traveling in other countries?

Dr. Stephen Scholand
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Staying hydrated: while traveling could mean u can forget about those enemas entirely. It's quite common to become dehydrated and therefore at risk for being constipated while traveling. Try to drink alot of water, eat fruits/veggies with fiber, & try to move around to keep the body as regular as possible. Enemas are really the last resort of constipation treatment and hope u can find an easier way to deal with it. ...Read more

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