Bowel incontinence is the loss of bowel control, causing you to pass stool unexpectedly. This can range from occasional leaking a small amount of stool and passing gas, to not being able to control bowel movements. Bowel incontinence is considered heavy leakage because it involves more than urine.
If you experience bowel incontinence, don't be afraid to talk to your healthcare provider. He or she has heard it all before so you don't have to feel uncomfortable, and you'll be able to get on the right treatment plan which will improve your quality of life.
See your doctor if you develop fecal incontinence, especially if it's frequent or severe, or if it causes emotional distress. Often, people are reluctant to tell their doctors about fecal incontinence. But treatments are available, and the sooner you're evaluated, the sooner you may find some relief from your symptoms.
Common causes of bowel incontinence include:
There are some simple treatment options for your condition. As always, you'll want to discuss these further with your healthcare provider to decide which feels right to start:
Depending on the cause, it may be possible to prevent fecal incontinence. These actions may help:
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Incontinence leaves the aging population at risk for impaired skin integrity. Exposure to urine and feces is one of the most common causes of skin breakdown and makes the skin more susceptible to various injuries. It’s always better to prevent a problem than to treat one; so, focus on these key areas when helping a patient maintain healthy skin: