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is anal douching safe

A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Konold
33 years experience Family Medicine
I would think so.: Not much more different than an enema. I would caution not to do it tooo often. We don't do large scale double blind controlled studies to discover ... Read More
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Dr. John Edmison
19 years experience Gastroenterology
Depends: Anal douching would be similar to daily enema use. Safety depends on what you are using to rinse with as well as how it is applied. Some instruments ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liesa Harte
29 years experience Family Medicine
Anal Douching: By anal douching, I am assuming you are talking about enemas. Enemas should not be harmful, but they also shouldn't be necessary daily. I am wonderi ... Read More
Dr. Steven Hebert
29 years experience Pathology
Safety: Probably safe but the real question is why bother and go through all that trouble. What's the point?
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Not safe: No. Destroying your natural rectal and colon environment leads to increasing risk or more dangerous infections or bacteria. Frequent douching increas ... Read More
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Dr. Daniel Tamura
40 years experience Dentistry
Contact a physician: You will need to contact a physician as I am a Dentist and your question is not one that I have the expertise to answer.
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A male asked:
Dr. Daniel Bates
8 years experience Family Medicine
Enema: An over the counter enema with electrolytes (i.e Fleet's) would be safest way to clean yourself. A syringe would probably not give you enough volume t ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
34 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes: Chemical proctitis from toxins not meant to be introduced there; anal fissures from traumatic insertion leading to infections; herpes and other severe ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
= enema: Enemas have been used for 100s of years to help soften constipated stool. Unless high pressure, large volumes or abnormal substance used--not likely a ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not recommended: Douching the anus can traumatize sensitive tissues and may provide a route for infection.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
N.F.L.: Trying to remove that rectal 'football'? Well, enemas will initially work, but 'not for long'. Once the moisture is taken out of feces you will contin ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Wilson
13 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Trauma: The anus is easily traumatized by inserting things.

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