Water Leaking from Anus
Water leaking from anus or rectal discharge is a condition that is defined as the release of any kind of discharge in the anus that is neither blood nor stool. These discharges happen for several reasons and sometimes are symptoms of underlying medical conditions like those that involve the large intestines and other parts of the digestive system.
There are also a number of symptoms that accompany the condition. These symptoms include abdominal pain or cramping, burning sensations in the abdomen area, change in regular bowel habits, constipation, diarrhea, inability to control bowel movements or fecal incontinence, flatulence, mild to severe pain that is centered in the abdomen or in the pelvic area, urgent need to have a bowel movement and watery diarrhea that can happen in multiple episodes. Abdominal bloating, distention, and swelling can also be experienced along with water coming out of the anus. It is best to seek immediate medical help when the discharge turns bloody or if the condition is accompanied by high fever.
Causes of Water Leaking from Anus
- Poor anal hygiene.
- Anal fissure or a small tear that is located in the anal canal lining.
- Anal abscess. This is an infected cavity that forms into a bump and is filled with pus in the anal area.
- Anal fistula. This happens when there is an abnormal connection between the anus and the tissues that surround it. This condition can become an anal abscess if an infection spreads over the affected area.
- Sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes simplex.
- Inflammatory diseases that attack the digestive system like the inflammatory bowel disease which is a condition that is characterized by constant inflammation of the large intestines and other parts of the lower intestinal tract that often involves the rectal regions. A good example is Crohn’s disease.
- Bacterial and viral gastroenteritis.
- Food intolerance like intolerance to milk.
- Fecal impaction.
- Side effects of certain medications like diuretics and those pills that promote weight loss.
- Neurological damage.
- Adenoma or growth of benign tumors.
Treatment for Water Leaking from Anus
- Patients should maintain good anal hygiene. It is best to wash the anal area with soap and water after bowel movement rather than using toilet paper which can often lead to irritation.
- Oral medications like antibiotics are usual given to treat infections and sexually transmitted diseases.
- Stool softeners are used for constipation and fecal impaction.
- Surgery and other medical procedures are used for severe cases of anal fistula and anal abscess. Surgery is also used to remove tumors and sometimes correct neurological damage.
- Inflammatory bowel disease commonly does not have a cure but medications can be given to manage symptoms.