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Fecal Incontinence Symptoms

Fecal incontinence symptoms range from a person having an occasional bout of diarrhea to suffering a chronic problem that regularly interrupts their day-to-day life, inducing the fear of having an accident in a public setting and avoiding social events as a result. Another problem that can occur is irritation of the skin around the anus due to continual contact with stool, causing pain, itching, and potentially even ulcers that require medical attention.

Fecal incontinence symptoms can be experienced in these different ways:

  • Urge incontinence – This is when a person feels the need to defecate but can’t make it to a bathroom in time before some stool is passed.
  • Passive incontinence – People with passive incontinence are unaware that their body needs to release stool, so some is passed without them initially knowing.

Other problems that may be experienced in conjunction with fecal incontinence include constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating. No matter the type of symptoms an individual is experiencing, it’s important to speak with a medical professional about these problems, as a wide variety of treatment options are available to provide relief. These treatments range from conservative measures, such as medication, to advanced surgical procedures, providing patients with many potential solutions for their fecal incontinence.

People with fecal incontinence symptoms can receive treatment at Tampa General Hospital’s Endoscopy Center. With a team of skilled surgeons, nurses, radiologists, and other specialists utilizing the latest technology to provide highly personalized care, Tampa General has been named one of the Best Hospitals in the nation (ranked #24) and is the highest-ranked hospital in Florida for Gastroenterology & GI Surgery in 2020-2021 by U.S. News & World Report.

Click here to access Physician Finder, the hospital’s online system for connecting patients with physicians, or call 1-800-833-3627.