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What are oil enemas used for?

What are oil enemas used for?

Lubrication : Enemas are sometimes used to treat constipation, or hard stools. Oil retention enemas serve to lubricate the stool and area, help passage. Sometimes used ad preliminary enema before tap water or saline type (phosphate) enemas. Do not use soap suds enema-very irritating, can cause colitis (inflammation), . ...Read more

Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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If I was to administer a mineral oil enema, how much should I use?

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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Are there risks in taking fleet mineral oil enemas? i took one few hrs ago but tried going only a few mins later. Only liquid came out. can I again?

Are there risks in taking fleet mineral oil enemas? i took one few hrs ago but tried going only a few mins later. Only liquid came out.  can I again?

No risk: While a second oil retention enema shouldn't be harmful, You could take a regular fleets enema or insert a dulcolax rectal suppository next. If this is unsuccessful and you still have a strong urge to have a BM, a gentle soap suds enema or manual disimpaction May be needed. Consult your physician if you are in distress with severe abdominal cramps. ...Read more

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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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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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I was wondering are mineral oil enema as effective at saline enemas?

Yes: Mineral oil enema is more helpful if you are constipated for few days, it eases up passing the hard stools. ...Read more