Anal Leakage

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No one likes to talk about anything involving their anus let alone bowel movements, but it’s important to be informed on common issues related to the anus because it is an important organ that we depend on. Anal Leakage is an uncomfortable condition that can be a result of other medical conditions that can occur in any stage of life.  A middle aged woman may have anal leakage after child birth around the same time a senior man may experience symtpoms of bowel incontinence after experiencing a stroke. We believe that education is important in the management of any type of incontinence, so we have provided you with a quick checklist of what to look out for if you think you may be experiencing anal leakage.

Why Am I Leaking From My Anus? 

Anal leakage also known as anal seepage is the loss of control of the anal sphincters. It is caused when the anal muscles do not work properly to hold in a stool and can cause inflammation. Leakage can consist of various consistencies of feces, rectal fluid, mucus or blood.  

Some reasons that cause anal leakage are:

  • Child birth
  • Nerve damage
  • Muscle damage
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Celiac Disease
  • Stroke

What Are the Symptoms of Anal Leakage? 

Individuals with anal leakage may experience an itchy sensation, burning and the urge to have a bowel movement. A person with anal seepage may not feel they are leaking or having a bowel movement until it’s too late, so it’s important to have the best adult diaper for bowel incontinence or absorbent underwear when out in public and at home. It’s important to keep a change of clothes available in case accidents may soil clothes. Also make sure to have odor masking disposal bags to help eliminate any odors from soiled undergarments.

What Can I Do While Managing a Leaky Anus?

  • Wear loose fitting clothing to keep skin cool and dry.
  • Use alcohol-free, perfume-free cleansing wipes when cleansing the around the anus.
  • Use laxatives or stool softeners to help pass stools if constipation is part of the issue.
  • Keep hydrated – Drink lots of water and herbal tea to keep bowel movements regular.
  • Do Kegel exercises - They strengthen the muscles of the bladder and bowel.
  • Be mindful of your diet – Eat foods high in fiber, if constipation is the cause.
  • Use moisture barrier creams to prevent contact with feces.
  • Use pads especially designed for bowel seepage.

While anal leakage is not a desirable topic to talk about it is important to understand the symptoms and management tips available in case you find yourself in this kind of situation. Be prepared and know what to look out for, most importantly contact your doctor as soon as possible for the best medical treatment for your situation.