Tight clothes or plastic or rubber underwear that blocks air can worsen skin problems. MRIs can show problems with the anal sphincter muscles. Monday to Friday 8: Treating fecal incontinence may require surgery to correct an underlying problem, such as rectal prolapse or sphincter damage caused by childbirth. Foods that can cause diarrhea or gas and worsen fecal incontinence include spicy foods, fatty and greasy foods, and dairy products if you're lactose intolerant. Diagnosis Your doctor will ask questions about your condition and perform a physical exam that usually includes a visual inspection of your anus.
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The tests are similar, but colonoscopy is used to view the rectum and entire colon, while flexible sigmoidoscopy is used to view just the rectum and lower colon. For others, the condition can be devastating due to a complete lack of bowel control. Fecal incontinence is often caused by a medical problem and treatment is available. Fiber can help with diarrhea and constipation. Whatever the cause, fecal incontinence can be embarrassing.