Silva Vinh. stools. March 23rd , 2017.
A stool analysis for color and texture variations as well as microbial content, is important for the detection and/or confirmation of several diseases. However, in most cases, such variations are simply due to dietary changes, and may not be a cause for concern.
The consumption of processed food can burden the digestive system, as these foods are difficult to digest. Hence, there's a need to cut down on the intake of these foods. Also, cut down on the intake of caffeinated drinks, as these can lead to dehydration.
Stool softeners are used to loosen the stool in case of constipation. They are also known as emollient laxatives. Additional water and fats are incorporated in the stool, which makes it easier for it to be eliminated from the system. Stool softeners work in the small and large intestine and may take anywhere between 12 to 72 hours to show effect. There are two main types of stool softeners, namely natural stool softeners and the medicinal stool softeners. In the medicinal stool softeners, the main ingredient is docusate. It is important to note that these stool softeners do not induce or increase bowel movements. They are often used to prevent constipation as opposed to treat it. Therefore, they are often recommended to people, who are not supposed to strain while defecating. This brings us to the question, is it safe to use stool softeners. Well, stool softeners are safe, when they are taken in limited quantities and for a short duration only.
So, now that you know all about stool colors and what they mean, you better keep a track of your stool color. Just follow the chart for stool color given in this article and take proper measures if the color changes. Do not panic if you observe any instant color change, just consult a doctor and get the cause established in the initial stage itself.
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