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Constipation is when your stools become hard and you find it more difficult than usual, or even painful, to pass them when going to the toilet. You may also have a feeling of being unable to completely empty your bowels. Opening your bowels may be more difficult because your stools are hard, lumpy and dry, or because they are abnormally small or large.
Constipation is usually harmless – being constipated once in a while is common and usually completely harmless and in most cases usually short-lived and settles within a few days to 4 weeks at the most.
Managing your condition…
It may be possible to ease constipation & its symptoms by making a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle. We’re all different when it comes to bowel habits some of us pass stools only every three or four days, whereas others may go more than once a day. Try to maintain a healthy diet and keep hydrated.
It may be possible to ease constipation & its symptoms by making a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.
If the suggestions above have not worked you may wish to try medication to treat your constipation. There are many preparations available over the counter at your pharmacy as well as local shops & supermarkets.
Ideally, laxatives should only be used occasionally and for short periods of time. it is important to stop taking a laxative as soon as your constipation improves.
To help stop constipation returning follow the suggested lifestyle changes; these types of changes are a much better way of preventing constipation rather than excessive use of laxatives.
In rare cases, more serious underlying causes can make you constipated. See your GP if you notice any of the following: