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  • Irritable bowel syndrome is characterised by abdominal discomfort, bloating and a change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhoea).
  • There is no single cause for this condition, but environmental factors – such as changes of routine, emotional stress, infection, toileting behaviours and diet – can trigger symptoms.
  • Treatment options include careful changes to diet, laxatives, anti-diarrhoea medications, antispasmodics, psychological therapies and physical and behavioural therapies.

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Reviewed on: 20-12-2021