Worried About Wetting and Soiling? Expert Help Available Now!

Worried About Wetting and Soiling? Expert Help Available Now!
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Abdelmajeed Saad and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I've been wetting and soiling my trackies, and I'm unsure of the underlying cause. This has been causing me significant distress and discomfort, and I'm reaching out to you for help in understanding and addressing this concern.



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


The issue you're facing, known as encopresis or soiling, can indeed be distressing and challenging to deal with. It's important to know that you're not alone in experiencing this issue, and there are steps we can take to address it together.


Encopresis can have various underlying causes, ranging from physical to psychological factors. Constipation is a common contributor, where hard stools accumulate in the rectum, making bowel movements difficult and leading to leakage. Fear or anxiety surrounding toilet use, stress, or changes in routine can also play a role in exacerbating symptoms. Additionally, certain medical conditions such as thyroid problems may contribute to the problem.


Given the complexity of the issue, it's essential to seek medical advice and undergo a thorough evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms. A healthcare provider can help identify any contributing factors and recommend appropriate treatment options tailored to your specific needs.


Treatment for encopresis typically involves a multidisciplinary approach aimed at addressing both the physical and psychological aspects of the condition. This may include interventions to empty the rectum of hard stool, such as the use of stool softeners, laxatives, or enemas. Establishing a regular bowel routine and promoting good bowel habits through dietary modifications and behavioral interventions are also important components of treatment. Additionally, addressing any underlying psychological factors contributing to the condition, such as anxiety or stress, may be beneficial.


I strongly encourage you to seek medical advice promptly so that we can work together to address this issue effectively. Your health and well-being are important, and I'm here to support you every step of the way.



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