Posted on Jun 21, 2008 | Comments 0
Proctitis is one of the most disturbing digestive disorders of human life.
Whenever the lining of your rectum gets inflamed, due to any particular reason like sexually transmitted infection or inflammatory bowel diseases, it usually results in proctitis.
Depending on its cause, proctitis can be painless or can turn into very painful condition for you. Symptoms associated with proctitis vary considerably.
In the beginning stages, you can experience mild problems and when the inflammation advances, it results in developing these kinds of health conditions:
- Pain during bowel moments
- Rectal bleeding
- Constant and frequent urge to have bowel moments
- Pain in lower, left area of abdomen
What happens if proctitis is left untreated?
Untreated proctitis often leads to many undesired health conditions. Some of the most common complications associated with proctitis significantly include:
Ulcers: When your rectal inflammation reaches the most dangerous stage, it turns into a typical form of open sores in your rectum, which are commonly referred as ulcers [Stomach ulcers].
Anemia: If you are experiencing severe rectal bleeding, then you can possibly develop anemia. When you are affected with anemia, you will possibly lack adequate number of red blood cells that carry oxygen to various tissues of your body. You can feel more tired and accordingly you can develop dizziness, shortness of breath, pale skin, irritability and also headache.
Fistulas: At times, ulcers tend to extend entirely throughout the walls of your intestine and create fistulas. Fistula is an abnormal connection that takes place between different parts of your intestine and also between your intestine and other organs of your body.
What are the preventive measures for proctitis?
If you are confirmed with the infection, your doctor will prescribe certain antibiotic medications to destroy the infection causing germs. Take those specific medications without fail at right time, even if you feel much better.
When your doctor confirms that you have infection that has developed due to sexually transmitted infections, then don’t get depressed about it. Don’t involve in sex till your infection gets completely cured.
Always keep your anal area clean and free from moisture. After every bowel movement, try to clean the anal areas gently with soft cloth or moistened tissue.
When you are suffering with severe anal pain, to help yourself from pain, sit in hot water tub for 10 to 15 minutes. You can repeat this process, if you feel much comfortable with the process.
Include high fiber food in your regular diet program and drink at least 8 glasses of water in a day. This can help you to prevent constipation problem.
Avoid intake of certain foods which can cause irritation to the inner lining of your rectum. These particular foods can mainly include beer, caffeine, milk, citrus fruits, chocolates, spicy foods, tomatoes and nuts.
Follow these particular measures and if you are suffering with very bad stomach pain, chills or high body temperatures, immediately consult your general physician. Practicing safe sex also helps you to prevent various infections and many abnormal health conditions, including proctitis.
Posted in: Digestive & Intestinal Disorders