Proctitis is inflammation of the lining of the rectum. The rectum is a muscular tube that's connected to the end of your colon. Stool passes through the rectum on its way out of the body.
Proctitis can cause rectal pain, diarrhea, bleeding and discharge, as well as the continuous feeling that you need to have a bowel movement. Proctitis symptoms can be short-lived, or they can become chronic.
Proctitis is common in people who have inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis). Sexually transmitted infections are another frequent cause. Proctitis also can be a side effect of radiation therapy for certain cancers.
SYMPTOMS OF PROCTITIS
Proctitis signs and symptoms may include:
- A frequent or continuous feeling that you need to have a bowel movement
- Rectal bleeding
- Passing mucus through your rectum
- Rectal pain
- Pain on the left side of your abdomen
- A feeling of fullness in your rectum
- Pain with bowel movements
CAUSES OF PROCTITIS
Several diseases and conditions can cause inflammation of the rectal lining. They include:
- Inflammatory bowel disease. About 30 percent of people with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) have inflammation of the rectum.
- Infections. Sexually transmitted infections, spread particularly by people who engage in anal intercourse, can result in proctitis. Sexually transmitted infections that can cause proctitis include gonorrhea, genital herpes and chlamydia. Infections associated with foodborne illness, such as salmonella, shigella and campylobacter infections, also can cause proctitis.
- Radiation therapy for cancer. Radiation therapy directed at your rectum or nearby areas, such as the prostate, can cause rectal inflammation. Radiation proctitis can begin during radiation treatment and last for a few months after treatment. Or it can occur years after treatment.
- Antibiotics. Sometimes antibiotics used to treat an infection can kill helpful bacteria in the bowels, allowing the harmful Clostridium difficile bacteria to grow in the rectum.
- Diversion proctitis. Proctitis can occur in people following some types of colon surgery in which the passage of stool is diverted from the rectum to a surgically created opening (stoma).
- Food protein-induced proctitis. This can occur in infants who drink either cow's milk- or soy-based formula. Infants breast-fed by mothers who eat dairy products also may develop proctitis.
- Eosinophilic proctitis. This condition occurs when a type of white blood cell (eosinophil) builds up in the lining of the rectum. Eosinophilic proctitis affects only children younger than 2.
l Homeopathic medicine is selected based on the symptoms that show up.
HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR PROCTITIS
NUX VOMICA : There is a continuous, ineffectual urge to pass stool.Useful for constant uneasiness in the rectum with scanty stool passed each time.There is sharp pain in the rectum may follow with passing stool. There is urge to pass stool renews soon after. Stool is unsatisfactory and there is always the feeling that some stool has remained in the rectum.
MERC SOL : Useful for burning and rawness at the anus. useful for frequent stool.There is tenesmus of rectum which is marked with a “never get done” feelingChilly. very useful for weakness after stool. Also there is feeling of faintness may arise.
RATANHIA : Useful for proctitis with prominent pain in rectum while passing stool.There is burning at anus which may continue for long hours after passing stool.There is Knife-like stitching pain at the anus.Also useful for sharp pain in the rectum as if from stepping on broken glass.
NITRIC ACID : Very useful for proctitis where the person complains of tearing pain in the rectum on passing stool. It is also indicated for treating proctitis where there is cutting pain in rectum after passing stool.Useful for bright bleeding from rectum along with stool.There is irritation or itching at the anus.There is irritability and weakness after passing stool