Rashmi Jameela. stools. March 11th , 2017.
Osmotic Laxatives: Hold up water in the intestine, so that the stools become soft and increase in volume, resulting in easy bowel movements.
Mineral oil lubricates the stool, thereby facilitating smooth passage of stool and lowering the risk of injury to the rectum and/or anus. It is recommended that mineral oil be consumed at bedtime. In severe cases, it can be consumed with hot water. Don't expect instant results. Expect bowel movement only after 6 to 8 hours of taking mineral oil.
It is seen that stool softeners are used in the long term treatment of constipation. The dose of the softeners given to the patient depends on his condition. In some cases, the dosage may have to be increased as well. However, it does not mean, that they should be consumed everyday. Once the problem is solved, the patient should go off the stool softeners. Absorption of mineral oil and some medications from the intestine is observed, when one consumes emollient laxatives. Absorption of mineral oil is not healthy for the body, as it can accumulate in the lymph nodes and liver, where it can give rise to inflammation. It is important that a stool softener is also not consumed with mineral oil or also with other prescription medications.
So, now that you know all about stool colors and what they mean, you better keep a track of your stool color. Just follow the chart for stool color given in this article and take proper measures if the color changes. Do not panic if you observe any instant color change, just consult a doctor and get the cause established in the initial stage itself.
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