Treat constipation

Written by: Dr. Fermín Mearin Manrique
Edited by: Top Doctors®


Is constipation important?

Constipation is very common that many people, especially women, and in some cases is something banal and unimportant but as they know very well that it is something annoying that produces alterations, swelling, discomfort and that truly alters the quality of life, therefore depending on the severity and the discomfort that it produces, for those who have constipation can be something important.


What do I have to do if I have constipation?

It depends, if the constipation is controlled with the diet, drinking water, doing some exercise and consultation with the primary care doctor, in most cases you do not have to do anything else. But some people know that this is not enough and therefore we must see what is the cause and curiously it is thought that there is only one cause of constipation and that is not true, it can occur because the intestine moves little, because one has lost the sensitivity in the rectum, because it is not able to produce good anal relaxation and therefore in these cases the important thing is to look what is the cause to know what is the best treatment, the most specific and the most suitable.


How is constipation treated?

How we have said the causes of constipation are diverse and therefore also their treatment can be different depending on whether it is of one type or if it is of another. Just as not all antibiotics are used for all infections, the first thing to know is the cause. In some cases a change in diet will suffice, sometimes with medical treatment, but in others what you need to know is if the colon does not move well and you have to make it move better or even sometimes do a rehabilitation of the intestine and sphincters to achieve better evacuation. Therefore the best treatments and the best results are achieved without doubt knowing what causes constipation.


Are laxatives bad?

Without a doubt, laxatives are the most common treatment for constipation, but it is not the only. They are neither good nor bad, you have to know which ones to choose, those that do not produce habit, that do not have adverse effects, that do not cause diarrhea or pain, but the most important thing is to know which patients will benefit from the laxatives and which ones will not.. Therefore you have to know exactly which laxative to choose and in which case.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Fermín Mearin Manrique

Eminence specialty, is currently the director of the Department of Gastroenterology of the Teknon Medical Center. Doctor Cum Laude at the Autonomous University of Madrid, has experience in professional and research centers of excellence such as the Mayo Clinic in the United States and the Hospital Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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