What is Constipation?
Constipation is a common digestive problem that occurs when bowel movements become difficult or infrequent. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including inadequate fiber or fluid intake, lack of physical activity, or certain medications. Symptoms of constipation can include abdominal pain, bloating, discomfort, and the need to strain during bowel movements. Treatment for constipation can include lifestyle changes such as increasing fiber intake and exercise, as well as over-the-counter laxatives or prescription medications. In some cases, underlying medical conditions may be causing constipation, and addressing these conditions may help alleviate symptoms.
When is it necessary to see a doctor?
If you experience persistent constipation, especially if accompanied by abdominal pain or bleeding, it's time to see a doctor for an evaluation. A doctor can recommend dietary changes, prescribe medication, or perform further testing to identify and treat the underlying cause of your constipation.
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