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Dr. Haider Goussous
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Saline or mineral oil enema before anal sex?

Dr. Haider Goussous
Board Certified, General Surgery
58 years in practice
349K people helped
Saline or mineral oil enema before anal sex?

Either is good: Either emema is good to have a clean anal canal and rectum, be sure to wash up with soap and warm water after the enema. ...Read more

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Dr. Haider Goussous
Board Certified, General Surgery
58 years in practice
349K people helped
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What is the difference between using a saline vs mineral oil enema?

Dr. Haider Goussous
Board Certified, General Surgery
58 years in practice
349K people helped
What is the difference between using a saline vs mineral oil enema?

Small difference: If the enema for cleansing the anal canal and the lower rectum both work well. If the purpose is to cure constipation, they work differently, the mineral oil helps the hard stool pass thruough the asus by librication, the saline enema tries to break the stool and liquidate it. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Which is more effective: mineral oil enema or a saline enema?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Which is more effective: mineral oil enema or a saline enema?

Enemas oil based/sal: Saline enemas loosen stool and stimulate bowel movement.If used frequently these can cause hypocalcemia and hyperphosptemia.It is effective in severly constipated with/ without stool retention.Mineral oil enemas are used in patients who are impacted with stools so hard and large causing obstruction, and is used as retention enema, if patient is able to retain overnite follwed by manual disimpaction. ...Read more

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Dr. Haider Goussous
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I was wondering are mineral oil enema as effective at saline enemas?

Dr. Haider Goussous
Board Certified, General Surgery
58 years in practice
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Yes: Mineral oil enema is more helpful if you are constipated for few days, it eases up passing the hard stools. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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If I was to administer a mineral oil enema, how much should I use?

Dr. Eric Kaplan
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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I would: use the fleet brand of enema or the drug store version which is generally 6-8 ounces. Be sure to be lying down on your left side with feet elevated above hips and try to hold enema for 30 minutes or as long as you can. You can repeat if no results in 6 hours. IF that doesn't work you need an exam to be sure your problem is constipation and not something else ...Read more

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Dr. Haider Goussous
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What are the uses of mineral oil enema?

Dr. Haider Goussous
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Constipation: Mineral oil enema helps constipation , by lubriating the lower rectum and anal canal. ...Read more

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Dr. David Stein
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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How is a mineral oil enema different from a fleet enema?

Dr. David Stein
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How is a mineral oil enema different from a fleet enema?

Simple!: Enemas are used to help cleanse the rectum and left colon. Mineral oil enemas are simply that - mineral oil in water. It functions to lubricate and stimulate the rectum to help evacuate stool. Fleet's enemas are made from sodium phosphates, and the salt load stimulates the bowel to secrete fluid causing a diarrhea effect. Fleets are a few ounces as opposed to mineral oil which is 2 quarts. ...Read more

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Dr. James Cain
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
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Is a mineral oil enema safe for kidney patients?

Dr. James Cain
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
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Is a mineral oil enema safe for kidney patients?

With minimal use: Mineral oil could interfere with vitamin d absorbtion.. Chronic renal failure patients have decreased vitamin d levels, the use of this medication could cause even lower levels of vitamin d with resulting bone disease and low calcium levels. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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I had hemorrhoidectomy last week. can anything help me heal faster, like mineral oil enema, Prep H suppository (phenylephrine) or a certain ointment?

Dr. David Earle
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Sitz baths: Usually, warm water with Epsom salts or something similar are used to help healing after hemorrhoidectomy. This is placed in a small basin, and tou soak your anus in it. Best to call your surgeon for their specific recommendations. Hope this helps, and that you get well soon! ...Read more

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