But the moment they switched to an oligoantigenic diet - that's one that avoids all foods suspected of causing an allergic reaction - their constipation cleared in 10 days.
And when they switched back to their usual diet, which included wheat, cow's milk, and egg, their constipation also returned.
While they were constipated, all four women reported chronic anal itching, which cleared up while on the elimination diet.
(Source: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 2006; 41: 498-504).
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