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Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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My wife gave birth 2 weeks ago. She had some stitches. She is noticing fecal leakage into her urine. Anything to worry about?

My wife gave birth 2 weeks ago. She had some stitches. She is noticing fecal leakage into her urine. Anything to worry about?

Sure: Fecal leakage in the urine is not normal and could be a sign of a fistula formation for one thing. Have your wife see the Dr. For an exam and evaluation of the condition. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Feces were leaking out of anus after incomplete bowel movement (all of it didn't come out), makes anus itch, what can improve fecal leakage?

Feces were leaking out of anus after incomplete bowel movement (all of it didn't come out), makes anus itch, what can improve fecal leakage?

Constipation: If you have incomplete bowel movement and have anal leakage, you are possibly having constipation. Your bowel habits need to be addressed so that you can have complete bowel movement. Start with high fiber diet, citrucel daily (titrate to goal of 25-30 grams per day), exercise, and adequate hydration. If not help, add MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) 1 tablespoon/8oz of water, drink daily (can have up to 2/day). ...Read more

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I'm pretty I have fecal incontinence/leakage, thought it was a rectal yeast infection or anal fissure but is surgery the only sure effective treatment?

I'm pretty I have fecal incontinence/leakage, thought it was a rectal yeast infection or anal fissure but is surgery the only sure effective treatment?

Depends: Seepage and staining with liquid stool are usually due to hemorrhoids. Incontinence to solid stool is more serious and needs testing with manometry, electromyogram etc. You should not be on MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) if you have incontinence of stool. See a colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Small (irregularly recurring-once a month or so) fecal discharge...Not related to diet--have checked. Suggestion?

Small (irregularly recurring-once a month or so) fecal discharge...Not related to diet--have checked. Suggestion?

Diet, diet, diet..: Your GI track is 1 long tube, the fecal discharge depends in what goes in, and how much can be absorb. Increase your fiver.. ...Read more

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Can fecal body odor be caused by an anal fissure? I figure I have one because of a yellowish discharge an the pain I had after a bm 1 month ago.

Can fecal body odor be caused by an anal fissure? I figure I have one because of a yellowish discharge an the pain I had after a bm 1 month ago.

Usually not: Anal fissures can cause a keyhold deformity, however these usually occur with chronicity and long term wounds. I would not expect to see one if you have only had symptoms for a month.

Consider seeing a doctor for further evaluation of both. ...Read more

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Recently had increased vaginal discharge. Today when I went to the bathroom, found small brown fecal looking clumps. On birth control.?

Recently had increased vaginal discharge. Today when I went to the bathroom, found small brown fecal looking clumps. On birth control.?

Abnormal discharge: Any new or abnormal vaginal discharge should be professionally evaluated. Not sure what to make of the clumps, but an infection or abnormal vaginal bleeding may be involved. STDs are common at age 21, should be checked. Probably the clumps aren't really feces, but if so it would mean a rectovaginal fistula, i.e. an abnormal connection between vagina and rectum. Bottom line: see doctor soon. ...Read more

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My menstrual cycle being a brown color and smelling like fecal matter. I did have a pink discharge 2 days before my period. Do I need medical attn?

My menstrual cycle being a brown color and smelling like fecal matter. I did have a pink discharge 2 days before my period. Do I need medical attn?

Yes: Fecal smelling discharge from your vagina could be a fistula, or an abnormal communication between your colon and your genital tract. This should be evaluated asap by your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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Why do I have a brownish discharge after I defecate? My fecal matter is hard all the time ihave stomach pain and get a weird taste when I burp?

Why do I have a brownish discharge after I defecate? My fecal matter is hard all the time ihave stomach pain and get a weird taste when I burp?

Diet: You are 18 years old and female and have hard stool followed by a discharge. See your doctor to discuss your nutrition and diet. You may just have started caring for yourself as an adult. Make sure you eat lots of vegetables and drink plenty of fluid. The hard stool may mean you are not drinking enough and exercising. The discharge following may be the stool of normal quality. ...Read more

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Foul fecal odor, excessive sweat/ leakage anus, loss urge defecate/eat, fatigued, losing weight, soft tender abdomen, empty vault what's wrong with me? : (

Foul fecal odor, excessive sweat/ leakage anus, loss urge defecate/eat, fatigued, losing weight, soft tender abdomen, empty vault what's wrong with me? : (

Tough one: Could have sperate issues occurring synergistically. You may have an issue in your GI system, getting dehydrated becuase no appetitie, could have anxiety problems adding, like ittitble bowel syndorme, could be a colon problem or stomach problem. Get in but in the meantime take ranitidine 150mg or Omeprazole 40-80mg (best) in case of stomach ulcer, keep up fluids, get seen quick, get bck 2us. Gd l. ...Read more

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Anal leakage vs sweating anus? How to tell? I'm 23 and I have to wipe liquid from anus it has no fecal smell just a sweaty smell

Sweat: Given your lack of symptoms and description of the leakage, it sounds no fecal. The best way to make sure is to see your physician for an exam. ...Read more

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Stools soft /broken, fecal odor, withdrawal from social contact, soft tender abdomen, empty vault, sweat/leakage. Help me please this is ruining my life?

Stools soft /broken, fecal odor, withdrawal from social contact, soft tender abdomen, empty vault, sweat/leakage. Help me please this is ruining my life?

DIET AND REFERRAL: My advice to you is to optimize the quality of your diet and drink plenty of water. As you do that you should pursue a consultation with a GI specialist (gastroenterologist.) you could have some form of inflammatory bowel disease, at the least. It's too complex to sort out in this forum, so please ask your doctor for help and referral. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a thick white fluid discharge with urine but not with every urine only the time I pass it with stool, its painless please help needed.

I have a thick white fluid discharge with urine but not with every urine only the time I pass it with stool, its painless please help needed.

Would recommend: You see your doctor for a simple urinalysis for starters. Diagnosing via the internet is not reliable. However, your symptoms can have a few reasons behind them and a urinalysis is the place to start. ...Read more

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After trying to pass a stool with no relief I wiped and there was caramel colored discharge/mucus looking substance on the tissue. What could this be?

After trying to pass a stool with no relief I wiped and there was caramel colored discharge/mucus looking substance on the tissue. What could this be?

Mucus: This indeed was most likely mucus and because of associated straining there may have been a tiny amount of stool particles and blood products mixed in giving it that color. To avoid straining make sure that your diet contains adequate fluid and fiber. You can take a daily softener like colace (docusate sodium) and insert a glycerin rectal suppository if needed. See your MD if problems recur. ...Read more

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Sometimes (about 2 or 3 weeks) pain occurs on right side abdomen and specially after discharge stools. And stool color black?

Sometimes (about 2 or 3 weeks) pain occurs on right side abdomen and specially after discharge stools. And stool color black?

Black stools: Black stools, especially when they or foul-smelling and tarry, can be a sign of internal bleeding in the upper digestive tract. It is possible you may have ulcer or some other source of internal bleeding. You should see your doctor ASAP or go to the emergency room if you feel too sick to make it to that appointment. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I have blood in stool with a discharge?

What to do if I have blood in stool with a discharge?

Not normal: Please see your physician within 1-2 weeks if you have blood in stool.
You need further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have blood in stool with a discharge, what do you recommend?

I have blood in stool with a discharge, what do you recommend?

Rectal exam: Blood in stool is a sequelae of a rectal problem, either bleeding hemmorhoids or a bleeding growth or rectal fissure. Either could cause bleeding with or without pain. Discharge from the rectal would suggest some form of inflammatory process, but if discharge is from vagina in the case of a female patient, the two would be unrelated. ...Read more

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What to do if I have blood in stool and discharge is it a disease?

What to do if I have blood in stool and discharge is it a disease?

STD check needed?: If you have had receptive anal intercourse -- whether you are a woman or a man who has sex with men -- these symptoms are suspicious for a rectal STD, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, or herpes. If so, your partner (s) also need to be checked. ...Read more

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I have had blood when wiping after a stool for years and it would last weeks at a time. Lately there has been itching and mucus discharge there too?

I have had blood when wiping after a stool for years and it would last weeks at a time. Lately there has been itching and mucus discharge there too?

You need to be seen: It is very possible that this is all related to a hemorrhoid that is intermittently bleeding and now irritated. Anal fissures - sort of cracks in the skin in that area - can also cause these issues. But bleeding can rarely mean something more worrisome is going on. So please consider seeing someone in person to better create an action plan. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Why does it feel tired & over all lazy a day post anal sex? Why does little discharge come out (stool) when I don't feel going to the restroom? Thnx!

Why does it feel tired & over all lazy a day post anal sex? Why does little discharge come out (stool) when I don't feel going to the restroom? Thnx!

Exercise: Sexual activity requires energy and that can make you feel tired. The discharge could be due to an anal fissure or injury to the sphincter. Try some kiegel exercises. ...Read more

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Little arousal causes semen like discharge when I meet my gf, whn passing stool thick discharge felt, is daily arousal & no ejaculation is harmful? Help!

Little arousal causes semen like discharge when I meet my gf, whn passing stool thick discharge felt, is daily arousal & no ejaculation is harmful? Help!

Prostatitis: Urethral discharge in association with passing stool can be seen in acute prostatitis. One should be evaluated specially if there is associated low back pain, suprapubic or perineal pain, not to mention fevers, chills or night sweats. ...Read more

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Dr some discharge is coming from penis after stool or during pressure of stool I am 23 and diabetic and weight 84?

Dr some discharge is coming from penis after stool or during pressure of stool I am 23 and diabetic and weight 84?

Likely physiologic: B"sd
its likely prostatic fluid or if not particulariy sexually active, semen. does not sound of medical concern.
by the way, I am available for diabetic consults ...Read more

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I have hermorrhoids and for sometime now I been having a discharge from my. Anus after every. Stool and a sore around my anus. ..please help?

Pruritis: This anal discharge which can be associated with itching and discomfort is pruritis around that opening caused by the hemorrhoid itself. You need to treat the problem with stool softeners and hemorrhoid cream and of the hemorrhoid safe protruding or causing a lot of pain that might be an indication for surgical measures ...Read more

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I had oily rectal discharge followed by solid stool...Is this a potential HIV symptom? Had protected sex and unprotected oral sex 6 weeks ago.

I had oily rectal discharge followed by solid stool...Is this a potential HIV symptom? Had protected sex and unprotected oral sex 6 weeks ago.

STD?: Rectal discharge is more likely to be a symptom of a sexually transmitted disease other than hiv, especially if you've had anal sex. You should get checked ...Read more