How to Treat Rectal Inflammation


Rectal inflammation, also known as proctitis, can occur in babies and adults. The inflammation of the rectum is often accompanied by bleeding and pain. In severe cases, the inflamed rectum may release a pus or mucus discharge. Rectal inflammation can be caused by a variety of different factors, ranging from sexually-transmitted diseases to autoimmune diseases. It's imperative that you see a doctor to diagnose the root of the issue.

Things You'll Need

  • Doctor
  • Suppositories
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Fiber
  • Water

See a doctor. Rectal inflammation is usually due to an underlying issue, such as an infectious disease. Generally, when the root cause is addressed, the rectal inflammation will clear up.

Take antibiotics. Oftentimes, rectal inflammation occurs as the result of an infection. If your doctor deems this to be the case, he will prescribe you a course of antibiotics to treat it. Complete the entire course per your doctor's instructions.

Insert a corticosteroid suppository into your rectum, provided your doctor prescribes them to you. This suppository will help to relieve pain in the area and aid in your recovery.

Apply hydrocortisone cream to your inflamed rectum. Ask your doctor before applying any topical creams to the area. If the rectum is bleeding or oozing, it is best to wait until the healing process is underway before applying creams.

Increase your fiber intake. Due to your inflamed rectum, it will be difficult and often painful to have bowel movements. Fiber will help you to pass solid, regular bowel movements with more ease.

Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily. This will aid your bowel movements and help to flush infectious toxins from your body, thereby speeding your healing process.

Avoid caffeine, dairy products and refined sugar when you have an inflamed rectum. These foods can further irritate your rectum and slow your recovery.

Tips & Warnings

  • People who participate in anal sex are more likely to get proctitis. If you have anal sex, always use a condom to avoid STDs.
  • See your doctor immediately if your situation worsens.

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