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Object in the Rectum
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Object in rectum: Overview

An object in your rectum can cause pain, infection, bleeding, constipation, or leaking of stool. The rectum is a muscular tube about 5 inches long that is at the end of the large intestine (colon). The rectum connects the colon to the anus, which is the opening where stool leaves the body.

Your rectum may feel tender or irritated after the object has been removed. It may hurt when you have to pass stool.

How can you care for yourself when you've had an object in your rectum?

  • If your doctor prescribed antibiotics, take them as directed. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better. You need to take the full course of antibiotics.
  • Take pain medicines exactly as directed.
    • If the doctor gave you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed.
    • If you are not taking a prescription pain medicine, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter medicine.
  • If your doctor suggests it, sit in a few inches of warm water (sitz bath) 3 times a day and after bowel movements. The warm water helps with pain and itching.
  • Add fiber like bran or psyllium to your diet to help prevent constipation. Other good sources of fiber include fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains.
  • Don't put anything in your rectum that can break, leak, or cut you.

Object in the rectum: When to call

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You cannot remove the object.
  • You have new or more blood in your stools.
  • You have a new or higher fever.
  • You have new or increasing pain in your rectum.
  • You have belly pain.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • You do not get better as expected.

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