Is fecal incontinence serious?

Fecal incontinence can cause discomfort as well as irritation and itching of the skin of the anal area, but it does not have serious physical consequences. On the other hand, fecal incontinence can be very embarrassing for those who suffer from it. If you suffer from fecal incontinence, you may feel ashamed or undignified. You may avoid social contact, and experience feelings of frustration or anger. If you have fecal incontinence, you run a risk for depression.

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Can fecal incontinence have any complications?
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How does fecal incontinence affect the body?
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