To prevent rectal problems:
- Use white, unscented toilet paper.
- Do not use scented soaps, such as Irish Spring and Coast, which can irritate skin.
- Practice good hygiene. Gently wipe the area with toilet paper after each bowel movement. If irritation starts, use water-soaked cotton balls to clean the area and then pat the area dry with dry cotton balls. Premoistened pads, such as Tucks or "baby wipes," may be less irritating.
- Do not sit on the toilet for long periods of time.
- Eat a Reference high-fiber diet Opens New Window that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables and bran cereal every day.
- Avoid foods that can cause
rectal problems. Examples of such foods include:
- Regular or diet cola.
- Beer and other alcoholic beverages.
- Dairy products.
- Any other items that you know cause you to have gas or indigestion.
- Avoid constipation. For more information, see the topic Reference Constipation, Age 11 and Younger or Reference Constipation, Age 12 and Older.
- Avoid diarrhea. For more information, see the topic Reference Diarrhea, Age 11 and Younger or Reference Diarrhea, Age 12 and Older.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 14, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference David Messenger, MD