Types Of Constipation

Published on March 7, 2016

Constipation is among the most common digestive problems not only in Australia, but worldwide, and it can really make a person miserable. It not only can make you feel headachy, bloated, and irritable, causing many to seek constipation relief. Each year, many individuals visit their doctor’s office each for a constipation remedy, and but others find relief in an over-the-counter stimulant laxative, like Dulcolax®.

Types of Constipation

Chronic Constipation

This type is experienced over time. It doesn’t hit suddenly, but is developed in the body slowly because of a variety of factors. It could occur because of not having enough liquid in your body, or consuming less fibre, eating too much meat or fatty foods, etc. This type of constipation can go on for months and even years. The usual causes are a poor diet, disease, or simply not going when you feel the urge to go.

Insufficient water intake and low-fibre diets are the primary causes of constipation. Generally, it is thought that chronic constipation is not life-threatening and can be solved with a simple lifestyle change.

Acute Constipation

This type of constipation has a sudden onset and can last for several days. Causes are usually prolonged inactivity, a blockage, dehydration, medication, or missing a bowel motion. It can develop in pregnant women when their womb presses up against their intestines. General anaesthesia can sometimes affect the bowel muscles following surgery. Swallowing indigestible objects or lead poisoning are other occasional acute constipation causes. It is typically more severe and might require you to see a doctor. In some cases, another serious disorder could be causing it; therefore, it’s essential you don’t wait to see the doctor.

Relieving Both Types of Constipation

Chronic Constipation

Try to go each morning at the same time and try to make it a morning ‘habit’, since colonic motor activity is generally high during this time. Get plenty of fluids. Experts suggest drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water every day (or other fluids) and even more while exercising or on a hot day. Laxatives can be a good constipation treatment; however, they should be taken for short periods of time and taken accurately.

Acute Constipation

Initial management of acute constipation might include enemas, suppositories, or laxatives to clear out the rectum. These usually are followed with some type of bowel management program, which uses preventative interventions like changing fluid and dietary intake or education on effective bowel management. If severe constipation cannot be treated through these methods, it’s important to seek advice from your doctor, a stomal therapist, or continence adviser.

In most cases, constipation is temporary and goes away on its own after a while. However, in other cases, it could be tougher and you might have to make some lifestyle changes to combat it. The best thing you can do is to always consult with your doctor so you can be examined and treated appropriately.

Always read the label and follow the directions for use.

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