In the case of acute constipation, those affected ask for advice at the pharmacy and seek rapid help for their complaints. PTA-Forum has compiled the most important vocabulary, questions and advice on the subject of "acute constipation".
A flight passing several time zones will not only unsettle the sleep rhythm but it often also affects digestion. Some people react to unaccustomed food at their travel destination with constipation. The long hours during a flight or a car journey can also cause constipation due to the lack of movement.
A feverish illness could yet be another reason. This, combined with having to stay in bed for several days, may also upset the regular bowel movement. Although these are temporary complaints, they do strongly impair the well-being of the affected persons. If there is no bowel movement, they will suffer from flatulence, bloating and even stomach cramps. This will spoil any recreation on the trip abroad. Many seek advice from a chemist first. Before a remedy can be recommended, PTA or the chemist need to ask a number of questions. The aim is a regular bowel movement at least every three days.
Important questions for the consultation
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|Darmträgheit||constipation, sluggishness oft he bowels|
|Toilettengang||going to the toilet|
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It’s the food that causes the pain
Many people feel embarrassed to talk openly about flatulence at the pharmacy. Instead, they often refer to it as »digestion problems«.
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Treatment in Stages
Around 70 percent of all adults in Germany experience in the course of their lives a temporary or permanent disorder of this cavernous body system.
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About five to fifteen percent of the population are suffering from constipation – women twice as often as men. With increasing age the number of affected persons rises significantly.