Causes of Anal Leakage
If you are dealing with the problem of leaking anus, then you need to ask this question. What type of fluid is leaking from there? This is biggest hint about the cause of leakage.
Symptoms of Rectal Discharge
- Staining of undergarments
- Pain or ache while defecation
- Feeling of wetness down there
- Frequent urge to go to washroom
- Foul smell from groin area
- Redness or swelling around the anus
Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome
IBS is characterized by inflammation and irritation of the distal bowels. A clear or yellowish white discharge may come out. This is usually mucoid in consistency.
It feels slimy to touch. The patient may often perceive as some wetness down there. The yellow color may be due to the bile pigments from the gut above or due to fecal contamination.
The pH of the fluid may be acidic sometimes, leading to itchiness and redness around the anal opening.
Certain infections affecting the distal anal canal may lead to leaking of inflammatory fluid from the anal opening. The fluid may be pus like, as in tubercular infection, or clear mucoid.
STDs may also affect this area. This is specifically common in people who practice anal sex. Lesions may be seen in or around the anus on examination.
There may be ulcers, rashes or overt growths. Itchiness may be there. A feeling or dampness stays in the groin area. There is a discomfort in movements.
The underwear may be blood stained or sometimes pus may be seen. Bodily symptoms like pain in lower abdomen or fever may be present.
Warts are open growths in the region caused by certain viruses. They are usually sexually transmitted.
A serous discharge may be seen in malignant growths. If infected the exudate may be pus like.
Such growths are usually painless, irregular and attached to the underlying skin.
Leakage or involuntary passing out of the stools from the anus is called bowel incontinence or fecal leakage.
This ranges from slight fecal leakage to passing out of the whole stools.
- Chronic diarrhea/ constipation, which leads to irritation of the anal orifice
- Denervation, that is, injury to the nerve controlling the anal orifice. This may happen after some surgical procedure for hemorrhoids or childbirth.
- Medical conditions involving the nerves, as diabetes or multiple sclerosis
- Muscle problem, sphincter loosing
- After parturition, especially when forceps have been used or episiotomy done.