Encopresis treatment in Illinois

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Fecal incontinence, otherwise known as encopresis, is when someone who is past the age of toilet training, ends up repeatedly passing stool on their clothing. This condition is generally diagnosed as a medical condition when it happens in those who are past the age of four. It typically occurs when the colon is too full, or when liquid stool leaks around the retained stool and stains underwear. When the condition goes untreated, this can cause a loss of control over bowel movements completely. If you or a loved one is dealing with fecal incontinence and need help, contact our GI experts at GI Alliance of Illinois in Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, and Normal, IL

Encopresis is generally caused because you are waiting too long to empty your bowel. However, there are two specific causes of fecal incontinence.

  • Chronic constipation – Individuals and children, who experience constipation may avoid going if the stool is too painful to pass.
  • Emotional Stress – Emotional stress that happens during toilet training, or when dealing with life issues in older adults, can cause a child or adult to avoid using the restroom.

There are also a few risk factors associated with encopresis. They include:

  • Certain medications, such as cough suppressants
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Being male
  • Being on the autism spectrum

The following can be symptoms and signs of fecal incontinence:

  • Leaking of stool into clothing – not to be mistaken with diarrhea
  • Constipation – usually hard, dry stool
  • Passing irregularly large stools
  • Lack of appetite
  • Repeated bladder infections – most common in females

If you or someone you love is dealing with any of the symptoms listed above, we suggest that you contact our GI team at GI Alliance of Illinois. We will create a treatment plan so that you no longer have to worry about fecal incontinence interrupting your life in Illinois.

The earlier that someone receives treatment for encopresis, the better the outcome will be. There are multiple treatment options that focus on cleaning the bowel while preventing constipation. Some of the main treatments for this condition include:

  • Laxatives
  • Enemas
  • Rectal suppositories
  • High-fiber diet
  • Avoiding dairy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Drinking plenty of water

To learn more about the treatments available to you, contact our GI providers at GI Alliance of Illinois. We will provide reliable treatment so you can get relief quickly in Illinois.

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If you or someone in the family are suffering from fecal incontinence, you don't have to let it continue to be an embarrassing problem. There is hope and help available to you when you request an appointment with our GI providers at GI Alliance of Illinois. As knowledgeable doctors, we are equipped to treat all different types of GI disorders, including encopresis. Contact our location in Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, or Normal, IL, to get the professional help you need as soon as possible.

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