Constipation symptoms and prevention

Constipation symptoms and prevention

Constipation is a common occurrence; millions of Americans experience it from time to time. So don’t be alarmed if you experience constipation every once in a while, as most causes of occasional constipation can be easily treated and are not a cause for concern. However, you should see your doctor if you are experiencing more severe symptoms, which are outlined in the “Acute Constipation” section below.

The most common signs of constipation

  • A feeling of being blocked up
  • Straining or difficulty passing stools
  • Hard or pellet-shaped stools
  • A sense of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement

How to help prevent constipation

In most cases, you can take these simple steps to help prevent constipation:

  • Eat more fiber, including beans, bran, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Exercise regularly
  • Don’t ignore the urge to have a bowel movement

In addition to a lack of dietary fiber and exercise, other things that can lead to occasional constipation include travel/changes in daily routine, certain medicines, hormonal disorders, and medical conditions like diabetes and cancer.

Acute constipation – see your doctor

While most cases of occasional constipation are easily treatable with gentle Fleet products, please contact your doctor if you are experiencing:

  • Abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting
  • A sudden change in bowel habits lasting more than 2 weeks
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Symptoms of dehydration (feeling thirsty, dizziness, vomiting, urinating less often than normal)