What lifestyle changes should I make if I have fecal incontinence?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

If you have fecal incontinence, you can benefit from keeping your anal area clean and dry. Wash with plain water after every bowel movement, or use alcohol-free towelettes. Use a moisture-barrier cream, or non-medicated talcum powder, to relieve discomfort on the anal area. Wear loose-fitting, cotton clothing and underwear. Some people find disposable underwear or pads helpful, especially when out of the home. As your doctor about exercises (such as those for the sphincter) that might help your condition. Your doctor may also recommend trying a medication like loperamide in small amounts, depending on the cause of your condition; use only under medical supervision. Avoid foods that make your fecal incontinence symptoms worse. Eat plenty of fiber and drink plenty of water.

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