Having constipation, is it good to use a lot of anal pump?

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Using an rectal pump to treat constipation, which is considered an effective, safe and quick method of defecation. However, this method should only be used when most other methods have been applied but the desired results are not achieved. Many people do not know how to use anal pump and if it is good to use a lot of anal pump.

1. What is constipation?

Constipation is defined as the condition when the patient has less than or equal to 3 bowel movements within a week. During bowel movements, stools may be harder and drier than usual, which can cause pain during bowel movements.
Signs and symptoms of constipation:
Patient has bowel movements less than 3 times a week. Dry, hard, or loose stools in lumps. The patient has difficulty in defecation. There will be a feeling that the stool has not been expelled. Feeling of stomach cramps or pain. Feeling bloated. When going to the toilet, it is necessary to take measures to support it, such as using your hands. During and after a bowel movement, rectal bleeding may occur. Feeling of not wanting to eat or not feeling good when eating. Causes of constipation:
Functional constipation:
Not drinking enough water makes stools dry and hard Eat less vegetables, lack of fiber, a diet high in fat and hot spicy Use public milk Inappropriate waking hours The patient uses a lot of tea, coffee or alcohol Due to the difficulty of stools making the patient hesitate to defecate Attempting to hold back urine for a long time due to the nature of the work can lead to loss of feeling. bowel movements and cause constipation. Patients are sedentary and hardly exercise. Physical constipation:
Patient has hypoplastic intussusception. Having a congenital disease. The patient has anal stenosis, no anal opening, boils, anal scratches. Anal fistula. Patients are in the process of using some drugs such as anesthetics, pain relievers, blood pressure drugs, or side effects in the use of other drugs that cause constipation. Subjects at high risk of constipation:
Women who are pregnant or after giving birth The elderly and young children. The patient's diet has little or no fiber.

2. How to use anal pump?

Anal pumps work based on the mechanism of drug delivery from the outside into the anus, then straight into the rectum for the purpose of stimulating bowel movements to create a feeling of wanting to go out immediately. The rectal pump comes in the form of a gel or solution that helps soften stools so that stools can be passed out of the anus more easily. On the market today, there are popular rectal pumps such as phosphate-containing, salt-containing or mineral oil-containing pumps.
Instructions for using anal pump: To use the drug, you need to follow the following steps:
Step 1: The patient needs to wear gloves, then lie on his side, hands relaxed and knees bent. Step 2: Unscrew the cap of the pump and then slowly move the tip of the syringe into the anus, through the rectum and squeeze the syringe until all the solution in the ampoule goes inside. Step 3: Quickly pull out the pump head of the pump tube and then lie still for about 2 - 5 minutes and then go to the toilet. Step 4: After using the toilet, use warm water to clean the anus to avoid burning pain and anal infection. Basically, when used for children, the same steps are taken as for adults. Just be aware that putting medicine into the baby's anus can make the child feel uncomfortable, need to soothe and reassure the child before doing it to help the child feel more comfortable.

3. Is it good to use a lot of anal pumps?

When using anal pump medicine, you may experience the following side effects:
Skin rash, allergic reactions. Nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea. The lower intestine may become irritated. Dizziness, thirst. The patient has anal discomfort. Loss of bowel tone, loss of natural reflexes to defecate, decreased potassium. In addition to the above common undesirable effects, there may also be rare side effects such as: increased blood sugar, heart rhythm disturbances, too frequent use can cause tearing, inflammation, anal fissure, etc. ..

4. Things to note in using anal pumps

In certain situations, the use of anal pumps can help patients improve constipation, facilitate defecation, and also help reduce burning pain, post-traumatic damage. constipation when defecation.
However, anal pump is recommended not to be abused, in some cases it should be noted:
It is recommended to use anal pump for a maximum of 7 days, because when used for a long time can increase phosphate and sodium, hypocalcaemia, acidosis. Subjects are the elderly, a group of patients with a history of kidney, liver, heart disease, diabetes, confusion or electrolyte disturbances or using colostomy should be considered when using rectal pumps. Do not use rectal suppositories in combination with NSAIDs because they may increase the risk of ulcerative colitis. People with hemorrhoids, rectal bleeding or advanced dehydration should not use rectal suppositories. Before the patient intends to use the rectal pump, consult a doctor, avoid using it with other laxatives unless indicated. Avoid self-medication to cause unwanted effects. Basically, this is a drug that is seen as a quick and temporary solution to solve the problem of having too hard defecation, hard stools that cause pain to the anus, but should not be abused.

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