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.

Clear liquid diet

Colon polyps

Crohn's disease

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.


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)

Irritable bowel syndrome


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.

Ulcerative colitis

July 15, 2014