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Featured Constipation Articles
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Descriptions of Featured Constipation Articles
Constipation is a condition characterized by difficult or infrequent bowel movements and hard, dry stool. This eMedTV segment provides a complete overview of constipation, including information on its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
- Foods That Cause Constipation
Foods that cause constipation are usually low-fiber, processed foods. As this eMedTV resource explains, foods that cause constipation can include frozen dinners, instant mashed potatoes, snack foods (such as chips and pizza), and many others.
- Constipation in Children
As this eMedTV segment explains, children with constipation can often find relief by eating enough fiber and drinking water. This article provides more information on why your son or daughter may be constipated, and offers a list of symptoms.
- Causes of Constipation
As this eMedTV article explains, physical inactivity, not getting enough fiber, and not drinking enough water are the most common causes of constipation. This page also explains other possible causes, including some colon disorders and medications.
- Symptoms of Constipation
Common symptoms of constipation include difficult, painful, and/or infrequent bowel movements. This part of the eMedTV library discusses other possible symptoms and lists several complications that can result from constipation, such as anal fissures.
- Constipation Relief
Lifestyle changes, such as daily exercise and drinking enough fluids, can help with constipation relief. This eMedTV site outlines several suggestions, like increasing fiber intake, that can help you stay regular.
- Constipation Treatment
Dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and laxatives can all be used to treat constipation. As this article from the eMedTV library explains, the treatment your doctor recommends will depend on the severity of the constipation.
- Constipation Causes
This eMedTV article explains the many possible constipation causes, such as not exercising enough, not getting enough fiber, and not drinking enough fluids. This page also covers other causes, including medications, diseases, and abuse of laxatives.
- Polyethylene Glycol 3350
People who have occasional constipation may find relief with polyethylene glycol 3350. This eMedTV page further describes this medication, with information on how it works to soften the stool, when and how to take it, safety precautions, and more.
GlycoLax is a nonprescription laxative used to treat constipation. This eMedTV article further explains that although this laxative is no longer made, other generic versions are available. Possible side effects and safety issues are also provided.
As a laxative, polyethylene glycol 3350 (PEG-3350) works by drawing water into the colon. This eMedTV segment further describes what PEG-3350 is and how it works, as well as details on how this laxative is taken and potential side effects.
- Constipation in the Elderly
Constipation is more common in the elderly than it is in younger people. This eMedTV resource discusses this topic in more detail by providing questions that can help you determine whether you are constipated and what to do about it.