What Are The Side Effects Of Constipation?

Constipation is an icky word to some, and a problem most of us think will go away over time. However some cases are hard to expel and can cause a lot of pain and grief for the sufferer. Let’s take a look at the symptoms of constipation , what actually causes it and the side effects of what can happen if you leave it for too long.

What is constipation?
Toilet BowlConstipation is a digestive health syndrome that occurs due to a decrease in the frequency of bowel movements. It’s commonly associated with a low fibre diet, little fluid intake and lack of exercise, but there is actually many other causes that may surprise you. Constipation may occur is you have undiagnosed hyperthyroidism, an abundance of dairy in your diet, overuse of laxatives, currently take many medications including antacids and antidepressants, are going through pregnancy or suffer from diabetes. Constipation is mainly categorised as an incomplete excretion of the bowel passage of hard and dry faeces. Without proper treatment, the following severe conditions may arise.

Anal Fissures
The name alone sends fear deep into our hearts, they are exactly what you think they are. Anal Fissures are painful splits or tears in the skin of the anus or anal canal. Yikes! They often occur when an oversized, hard stool is passed and is mostly common in infants, children and adults. So how do you know when an anal fissure happens? Well besides the obvious pain, you may notice some blood in the toilet or on the loo paper. If you see this, don’t ignore it; anal fissures can be difficult to heal and a trip to your doctor is advised. They may suggest sitting in a warm bath, applying a cool compress and soothing it with petroleum jelly. Your doctor will also give you some useful tips to soften the stool, and prevent any further issues.

Haemorrhoids
When you think of the type of people who get haemorrhoids, it’s usually the older generation. Sorry to disappoint you, haemorrhoids can happen to anyone, regardless of sex or age. For those playing at home, haemorrhoids are swollen, irritated veins in the rectal area that are caused by pressuring and straining. Symptoms include pain, itching and possible bleeding; once one has developed, they are likely to go through periods of remission and exacerbation, which means the will come and go as they please. It is possible for the vein to return to its regular size and condition if it is not continuously strained. Severe cases may require surgery.

Faecal Impaction
Be prepared, the explanation of this side effect is not for delicate eyes and worrisome minds. Faecal impaction occurs when so much stool is backed up in the colon that it becomes physically impossible to excrete. Signs you may have faecal impaction include, soiling of clothes, distended abdomen, loss of appetite, vomiting or fever. If you think you may have faecal impaction, an immediate trip to your doctors or the emergency room is suggested.

Although constipation is common, make sure you treat it swiftly to avoid any of these serious conditions occurring.

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