Emem Tomislava. stools. June 18th , 2017.
As a part of medical examination routine, the doctor usually ask the affected people about the frequency of bowel movement and stool appearance. In fact, its color and consistency can tell a lot about the digestive health of an individual. This is where understanding stool colors and what they mean becomes important for all of us. Briefly speaking, the color of stool varies from person to person, based on the type of foods consumed and also, by the amount of bile juice (secreted by liver) present in the feces.
It is seen that stool softeners are used in the long term treatment of constipation. The dose of the softeners given to the patient depends on his condition. In some cases, the dosage may have to be increased as well. However, it does not mean, that they should be consumed everyday. Once the problem is solved, the patient should go off the stool softeners. Absorption of mineral oil and some medications from the intestine is observed, when one consumes emollient laxatives. Absorption of mineral oil is not healthy for the body, as it can accumulate in the lymph nodes and liver, where it can give rise to inflammation. It is important that a stool softener is also not consumed with mineral oil or also with other prescription medications.
Before you reach for stool softeners as a home remedy for treating constipation, there are some lifestyle changes, which you may want to incorporate in your lifestyle, so that you do not suffer from the condition. It is often seen that people who suffer from constipation do not consume sufficient quantities of water. Drinking plenty of fluids proves helpful in treating the condition. Fruit juices can also be included in the diet. Juices like prune juices are very effective in treating constipation.
Sometimes, the stool softener may loosen the bowels too much, so that it results in watery stool or diarrhea. This again, may lead to dehydration. Drinking adequate water may help cure the condition. However, you may take a physician's opinion on whether to continue the treatment or not.
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