Home remedies for fecal impaction

Fecal impaction is not to be taken lightly. It is a result of extreme constipation and if left untreated, you may eventually need surgery. If you have the following symptoms you need to consult your doctor at the earliest:

  • Sudden, runny diarrhea in a person who usually has chronic constipation.
  • Frequent straining with liquid or small, ill-formed stools.
  • Abdominal cramping and abdominal discomfort.

One of the first things to try is a suppository or an enema. If the impaction is not too severe and major blockage is cleared in this way you can try the following remedies for constipation to prevent a recurrence of the problem:

  • Get lots of fluids. Ideally drink water instead of sugary beverages or caffeinated ones.
  • Try and cut down on refined and processed foods. Reduce your intake of dairy products as dairy can cause constipation
  • Include 5-9 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet. Eat a big bowl of salad with at least one meal of the day
  • Switch to whole grain wheat and multi grain cereals.
  • Get moderate amounts of exercise every day. This stimulates the bowels.
  • Try a natural fiber supplement called psyllium husk.
  • Try and visit the loo as soon as you feel the urge to go. If you control the urge you may lose it altogether. Try and associate a certain time of the day with bowel movements.
  • Avoid straining. This may cause you to develop haemorrhoids or anal fissures.

That said, I would still recommend that you speak to your doctor as soon as you can and not wait for the problem to get worse.

answered by S E

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