In-depth

Anal fissure

An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anal canal that may cause pain and bleeding. It's often due to constipation.

C. difficile

C. difficile can be a life-threatening infection. It typically develops when antibiotics destroy other bacteria in your intestines, allowing C. difficile to flourish.

Chronic constipation

Chronic constipation can cause bloating and abdominal discomfort.

Fecal incontinence

If you have difficulty controlling your bowel movements, don't shy away from talking to your doctor — effective treatments for fecal incontinence are available.

Hemorrhoids

Though uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing, hemorrhoids — and the accompanying itching and bleeding — are common. Effective treatments are available and mostly involve lifestyle and home remedies.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease can be painful and debilitating, and it can cause life-threatening complications. Find out more about treating this digestive system disorder.

Proctitis

Proctitis is an inflammation of the lining of the rectum.

Pseudomembranous colitis

Pseudomembranous colitis is an inflammation of the colon that occurs most often in people using antibiotics.

Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome

Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome, a rare condition, may be caused by chronic constipation. Dietary changes may help mild cases.

Jul. 15, 2014