The American Cancer Society recommends that individuals with an average risk for colon cancer begin regular screenings around age 45.
One of the most commonly utilized colon-cancer screenings is a colonoscopy.
Colonoscopies are often dreaded by patients because of the required preparation which involves consuming a “bowel cleansing agent” which clears your colon in a few hours. When your colon is empty, doctors have a better view of your colon and can more easily detect polyps or tumors.
The texture and flavor of bowel cleansing substances have come a long way over the years.
Below are some tips to make your next colonoscopy-preparation more tolerable:
- Flavors: Many patients report that if they suck on a lemon slice immediately after taking a sip of the liquid, the flavor is more pleasant. Also, sucking on a clear menthol cough drop may also improve the taste.
- Chill the Liquid: The preparation liquid may be more palatable if it’s cold.
- Use a Straw: Drinking the liquid with a straw placed far back on your tongue and holding your nose can reduce the distasteful flavor and help you consume the substance quickly.
- Eat Gummy Bears: Gummy bears are dissolvable at body temperature, so they can be eaten with the preparation liquid (but avoid the red ones). This can help to balance-out the flavor.
- Clear Your Schedule: It’s estimated that the entire preparation phase can take up to 16 hours, so clear your schedule and stay close to home.
- Medicated Wipes: Since you may be experiencing painful diarrhea, pick up some Tuck’s Medicated Wipes which can help to soothe any irritation.
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