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Information on Psyllium

Psyllium is one of the bulk forming fiber laxativesavailable on the market. It is very efficient in absorbing all types of liquidin the intestines and creating softer stools which are much easier to pass. Itis usally used for the treatment of different types of bowel irregularities oroccasional constipation. Psyllium can also be used for the treatment ofdiarrhea.

When a person uses psyllium in combination with a diet which is lowin cholesterol it may also be very beneficial in lowering the levels of badcholesterol in the blood. All different variants of laxatives may form a habitafter a prolonged or frequent use. It all ultimately leads to damages intestinalmuscle tissues and nerves.

Those who are allergic to psyllium should not takeit. Allergic reactions to psyllium usually include troubles swallowing, skinrash, stomach pain, changes in bowel habits, vomiting and severe types ofnausea. Those who suffer from colostomy, intestine blockages, ileostomy orrectal bleeding should consult their doctors before taking psyllium.

Severeside effects require immediate medical attention and they may include choking,skin rash, trouble swallowing, rectal bleeding, stomach pain, constipation,stomach cramping, vomiting, and nausea.

Side Effects of Psyllium

All different types of medications may cause some sideeffects, but usually they do not occur, or if they do, they are usually ofminor intensity. Some of the minor side effects of psyllium include abdominalbloating and abdominal fullness.

Psyllium may be available in the form ofwafers or powder and in both cases it may sometimes trigger certain severe sideeffects which require immediate medical attention and need to be treated by ahealthcare professional. These severe side effects are usually allergicreactions such as rash, vomiting, hives, trouble breathing, difficultybreathing, difficulty swallowing, tightness in the chest, chest pain, swellingof the mouth, swelling of the tongue, swelling of the lips and the face.

Somerare cases may include hypersensitivity as a side effect of psyllium. It isusually due to inhalation of dust particles which cause sensitization. Wheningested orally, psyllium usually does not trigger hypersensitivity.

Psylliummay also be associated with certain gastrointestinal side effects such asduodenal bezoars or even esophageal impaction. Certain other gastrointestinalside effects of psyllium may include nausea, irritation, intestinal gas,constipation, abdominal cramps, rectal pain and diarrhea. Sometimes an allergicreaction to psyllium may include certain hematologic side effects such aseosinophilia.

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