Our Constipation/Diarrhoea treatment addresses the underlying issues, not just symptoms. Treatment is tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs.
What is constipation?
Constipation is a condition in which a person has fewer than three bowel movements a week or has bowel movements with stools that are hard, dry, and small often like rabbit droppings, making them painful or difficult to pass. People often feel bloated or have abdominal discomfort or pain.
Most people get constipated at some point in their lives. Constipation can be acute, which means sudden and lasting a short time, or chronic, which means lasting a long time, sometimes even years.
Functional constipation is diagnosed in people who have had symptoms for at least 6 months and meet the following criteria for the last 3 months before diagnosis:
Two or more of the following symptoms:
- Straining to have a bowel movement at least 25 percent of the time
- Having hard stools at least 25 percent of the time
- Feeling as though a stool is still in the rectum after a bowel movement at least 25 percent of the time
- Feeling as though something is blocking the stool from passing at least 25 percent of the time
- Having fewer than three bowel movements per week
- Rarely passing stools without the use of laxatives
What is diarrhoea?
Diarrhoea is loose, watery stools. Having diarrhoea means passing loose, watery stools three or more times a day. Acute diarrhoea is a common problem that usually lasts 1 or 2 days and goes away on its own. Diarrhoea lasting more than 2 days may be a sign of a more serious problem. Chronic diarrhoea—diarrhoea that lasts at least 4 weeks—may be a symptom of a chronic disease. Chronic diarrhoea symptoms may be continual or may come and go.
People who visit certain foreign countries are at risk for traveller’s diarrhoea, which is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Traveller’s diarrhoea can be a problem for people traveling to developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
What other symptoms accompany diarrhoea?
- Diarrhoea may be accompanied by cramping, abdominal pain, nausea, an urgent need to use the bathroom, or loss of bowel control
- Some infections that cause diarrhoea can also cause a fever and chills or bloody stools
- Dehydration – loss of electrolytes through dehydration affects the amount of water in the body, muscle activity and other important functions
Constipation and/or diarrhoea is/are often the symptom of an underlying digestive system imbalance. We aim to diagnose any such issues and formulate a constipation/diarrhoea treatment plan based on the test results.
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