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What is Fecal Incontinence?

The inability to control bowel movements, thereby leading to unexpected leakage of stools from the rectum is called fecal incontinence. It could be simpler meaning occasional leakage of stool while pa..

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The inability to control bowel movements, thereby leading to unexpected leakage of stools from the rectum is called fecal incontinence. It could be simpler meaning occasional leakage of stool while passing gas or it could also be complete loss of bowel control. Fecal incontinence can be embarrassing but do consult a doctor at the earliest. If left untreated, the problems could worsen and decrease the quality of your life.

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Fecal Incontinence
Symptoms
Symptoms

The symptoms of fecal incontinence are:

  • Inability to resist the urge to defecate
  • Inability to sense the need of defecation
  • Gas accumulation
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea

Causes
Causes

There could be multiple causes for fecal incontinence: 

  • Muscle damages
  • Nerve damages
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of storage capacity in rectum
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Rectocele
  • Surgeries
  • Physical disability

Risks
Risks

You could be at the risk of fecal incontinence if you have the following risk factors:

  • Being middle and older aged
  • Female gender
  • Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia
  • Nerve damages
  • Physical disabilities

 

 

Prevention
Prevention

To prevent fecal incontinence, you are advised to: 

  • Maintain a healthy body
  • Eat fibrous food to avoid constipation
  • Avoid irritants that are not tolerated by your bowel system
  • Drink lots of water

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