Symptoms of Fecal Incontinence
Fecal incontinence is characterized by leaking stool when you cough or pass gas, or having a bowel movement before you get to the bathroom.
Complications of fecal incontinence may include:
- Emotional distress: The embarrassment of fecal incontinence might prompt you to avoid work and social situations, which can lead to anxiety and depression.
- Skin irritation: Prolonged exposure to stool and frequent wiping can irritate the skin around your anus.
- Poor nutrition: For some, severe fecal incontinence may indicate that your body isn’t absorbing adequate nutrients from your food.