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Rectal Problems

The rectum is the lowest part of the large bowel (colon). The opening of the rectum is the anus. Stool are passed from the anus.

Signs &

Symptoms

Causes

Treatment

Questions
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Self-Care /

Prevention

•  Rectal pain.

•  Rectal bleeding.

•  Anal itching.

•  Redness, swelling, or a rash in the rectal area.

For Anal / Rectal Pain and/or Bleeding

•  Constipation. Straining to pass stool. Hemorrhoids.

•  Anal fissures. These are splits or tears in the skin around the anus.

•  Polyps or small growths.

•  Injury due to anal intercourse or the insertion of a foreign object.

•  Blockage in the intestines.

•  Colon or rectal cancer.

Often there is no clear cause. Persons with diabetes and liver disease are more prone to rectal itching.

For Anal / Rectal Itching

•  Dry skin. Products that irritate or cause a skin allergy in the anal area. Examples are over-the-counter anesthetic ointments that end in “caine,” such as benzocaine.

•  Hemorrhoids.

•  Psoriasis. This is a chronic skin disease. With this, itchy, scaly red patches form on a part of the body.

•  Pinworms. These are intestinal parasites. They usually affect children. The anal itching is at night and can be painful.

•  A fungal infection.

Treatment for rectal problems depends on the cause. Any sign of rectal bleeding should be evaluated by a doctor. This includes blood on toilet paper. Colon cancer should be checked for, despite the person’s age or family history of this disease.

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