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Home Remedy: Mineral Oil

Home Remedy: Mineral Oil

Home Remedy: Mineral Oil

So what about home remedies? The mineral oil as your grandmother might recommend, can be effective. However, you have to be very careful if a patient consumes mineral oil, because suppose it goes down the wrong way. It goes down and their windpipe, that that can cause significant problems as far as inflammation and irritation of the lung. And so mineral oil by mouth is probably not preferred. A better method would be a mineral oil enema. So basically you're lubricating the tract, making it easier for the patient to pass a stool.

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Eugene Trowers, MD, MPH, FACP


  • Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in General Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology
  • Graduated from the New York University School of Medicine in 1976 and has been in practice for over 42 years 
  • Listed in Best Doctors in America, and The Best Doctors in America: Central Region

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