Constipation is a common condition that some people may experience acutely or chronically. Going three or more days without a bowel movement causes the stool to become harder and more difficult to pass. Home remedies such as drinking water and adding fruits, vegetables and fiber to the diet can help eliminate and prevent constipation. In some cases stool softeners or laxatives may be needed.
Constipation can also be a symptom of intestinal or bowel disease. Patients should contact a physician if constipation is a new symptom, is accompanied by blood in the stool or lasts more than two weeks.