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Constipation

Constipation is difficulty passing stools. It is very common, affecting both children and adults. Learn how to help prevent and treat constipation.

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Constipation in children

Constipation in kids is quite common and isn't usually caused by something serious. Here's how to help your child when they're constipated.

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Gastrointestinal illnesses

Gastrointestinal illnesses are very common. Some may last for only a day or two; others are long term. Learn here about their causes, symptoms and treatments.

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Haemorrhoids prevention

It’s possible to reduce the risk of haemorrhoids developing by preventing constipation. Find out how haemorrhoids can be prevented.

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Hernias

Hernias are generally more common in obese people and pregnant women, or in people who cough a lot or suffer from chronic constipation. Learn more about hernias.

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Haemorrhoids treatments

Haemorrhoids often go away after a few days without any special treatment. In most cases your doctor will recommend measures to relieve constipation, if it’s present. Find out about haemorrhoids treatment.

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What causes haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids develop due to a weakening of the supportive tissue inside the anus. Find out about the causes of haemorrhoids.

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

IBS develops in as many as one in five Australians at some point in their lifetime. Here are the symptoms to look out for.

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Rectocoele

A rectocoele occurs when the rectum bulges into the back vaginal wall. Find out more about appropriate care and treatment.

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Rectal bleeding treatments

Rectal bleeding is a symptom of haemorrhoids (piles) and anal fissures. Lifestyle changes can soothe the condition, however you should see your doctor for further advice.

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Diverticular disease - diverticulitis and diverticulosis

Diverticular disease, including diverticulitis, is linked to a low-fibre diet and more common as people age. Here's how to treat the symptoms.

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