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What Is The Best Remedy For Consitpation
My son who is 3 has suffered with constipation for about 9 months now, what is the best natural treatment you can suggest?
Chronic constipation: Needs to be assessed by a pediatrician or pediatric gastroenterologist, with a plain x-ray of his abdomen. If he's not "cleaned out" before giving bulk laxatives/prune juice, he'll cramp worse. Stool softeners must be given for 6 months or > after clean-out to prevent stool with-holding, encopresis, & long-term health problems. Reduce intake of milk & milk products to 16-21 ounces/day. ...Read more
I've had anal fissure for 5 years. It's been really good in the past few months. Symptoms appeared again after 1 constipation. What's the best treatment?
If an overweight person has injured their colon due to heavy constipation what is the best treatment possible if one wishes to avoid a surgery?
Step therapy: Hello. Start with 4 to 6 glasses a day of water. Also add daily fiber to your diet in the form of something like metamucil. If no response add prunes or prune juice. Thereafter, you may add colace (docusate sodium) 200 mg twice a day. If still not regular see your primary physician and he can continue to maximize medications. Also, you need to evaluate your diet and consider other dx. ...Read more
A man agd 48 yr has history of fissure n piles. Every pathy has been used tell me the best homeopathy remedy whch will work for his anal pain constipation?
Chronic Fissure: A fissure associated with piles is considered chronic, and often will not heal without some form of surgery. Results of surgery are very good. The major downside is pain in the perioperative period, which resolves with complete recovery. This surgery is best performed by a colorectal surgeon who understands the disease process. ...Read more
I've seen different types of OTC laxatives (stimulant, saline, stool softeners, etc.). Which would be best for occasional treatment of constipation?
If occasional: It doesn't matter much what you take, but it sounds like you have a number of GI issues. The best way to treat constipation is to avoid it, but taking in adequate fluid and a good amount of fiber, preferably from natural sources (like fruits/vegetables with lots of roughage). Stimulant laxatives can lead to dependency, and I generally recommend avoiding them. Occasionaf milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is ok. ...Read more
What are the best natural treatment options for constipation due to morphine?, I want to avoid taking laxatives. Last bowel movement was Monday.
High fiber food: Eat high fiber foods and drink plenty of water. Recommended buy Metamucil at the pharmacy since it is OTC and well tolerated than other strong laxatives. Metamucil is a fiber supplement you can buy as powder form and mix with water. If you do not wish to take Metamucil, you can always try keeping hydrated and exercise. Narcotics cause constipation and a gentler laxative like Metamucil helps. ...Read more
Hydrate more: Drink more water or liquids. Also, have more fiber in your diet, meaning eating more cooked vegetables, fresh fruit, and again drinking more purified, clean water. Constipation is a sign of possible dehydration, or even food allergies too. Avoid dairy or cheese, soy, or wheat, and poop regularly! ...Read more
Constipation Rx: Usually begins with diet and lifestyle changes: increase fiber intake, drink A LOT of water, exercise nearly daily, defecate when you feel urge. Laxatives are next step: fiber supplements (psyllium, methyl cellulose) are safest. Lubricants/mineral oil may help, or stool softeners. Osmotic laxatives help fluids move through colon: milk of magnesia, MiraLax (polyethylene glycol). Then, prescriptions: see your Doctor. ...Read more
No other disease?: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful meds too. Exercise also helps. ...Read more
Most of the time...: 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. ...Read more
constipation: In a young male is most often caused by inadequate fluid intake or the wrong fluids and lack of fiber. Both are necessary. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) has no fiber and i reserve for the elderly sedentary patients. Drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily, 20 oz additional per 30 minutes of strenuous activity. Eat a good hi fiber diet and don't waste your money on fiber supplements. ...Read more
Fluids and fiber: Increase fluid, water and fiber in diet. Increase fruits and vegetables, preferably fresh. Decrease the amount od dairy products to include cheese as these foods can constipate. If you take supplements with lots of iron, reduce these too. There are forms of iron that cause less constipation. ...Read more
Fiber and fluid: The best treatments for constipation are "homeopathic"- fiber and fluid. Get enough of both, and usually, the constipation will resolve. Remember to eat a balanced diet and stay active as well. With these simple things, most often the problem resolves. True clinical constipation- moving one's bowels less frequently than once in 5 days- is relatively rare, and should be evaluated by a specialist. ...Read more