I’m a doctor – here’s why you should never put off going for a poo

I'm a doctor - here's why you should never put off going for a poo

POOPING is a healthy part of our bodily functions, but for some reason we are told from a young age that it is shameful.

This has led to some people experiencing fear of defecating anywhere that is not their home.

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Dr Karan Rajan urged people to poop when they felt they had to.Credit: Getty

But a doctor has highlighted the risks that come with keeping your poop.

Posting on TikTok, Dr Karan Rajan urged people to poop when they felt they had to.

“The more you deny yourself a trip to the toilet when you have the urge to empty your chocolate dump truck, the more fluid is absorbed from the poop into the colon.

“This makes the poo drier and harder, so it sets like concrete,” he explained.

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“The harder your poop is, the more you have to strain, which can cause hemorrhoids and the hard sharp stool can tear the tissue in the anus, causing fissures.

What are hemorrhoids?

Piles are where you get swollen blood vessels just inside your bottom (anus) that form lumps. The medical term for piles is hemorrhoids.

If you notice any of these symptoms, you may have piles:

  • Clumps around your bottom when you go to the toilet
  • Pain where you brush
  • Mucus comes from your bottom
  • The feeling that you still have to brush even after you’re done
  • Bleeding from your bottom during or just after pooping
  • Itching in your bottom

If you have a high fever with piles, or pus leaking from your bottom, you need immediate medical attention.

“The resulting pain can make you not want to go, resulting in a vicious poop cycle,” he adds.

In the comments section, someone asked how to “fix” poop anxiety.

According to experts at Healthline, there are a variety of things you can do to reduce your poop anxiety:

  • Remember that everyone poops. Try to visualize someone you respect, such as a political figure or actor, pooping.
  • Carry a small bottle of air purifier or sanitizing spray with you to use when you need a public bathroom.
  • Line the inside of the toilet bowl with toilet paper. This will help absorb some of the noise.
  • Flush several times when defecating. This will mask the noise and reduce the smell.
  • Breathe deeply or do a short mindfulness meditation exercise when you feel the onset of anxiety symptoms.

NORMAL FOR YOU

When it comes to going a number two, many people are not really sure what is normal.

Depending on your diet, age and activity, regularity can mean anything from three bowel movements a day to three every week.

However, keeping an eye on what is ‘normal’ for you is crucial, as is being aware of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.

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The Sun launched the No Time 2 Lose campaign in April 2018 – to call on the government to lower the screening age to 50 and raise awareness of symptoms.

As a result, people in their 50s were invited for screening last year.

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