Rectal discharge is intermittent or continuous expression of liquid from the anus per rectum. Normal rectal mucus is needed for proper excretion of waste. Otherwise, this is closely related to types of fecal incontinence e. Types of fecal incontinence that produce a liquid leakage could be thought of as a type of rectal discharge. Different types of discharge are described.
The most common symptom of proctitis is tenesmus—an uncomfortable, frequent urge to have a bowel movement. Other symptoms of proctitis may include. If you are HIV -positive and have proctitis caused by genital herpes , your symptoms may be worse. Common STD infections that can cause proctitis include. Infections associated with foodborne illness , such as Salmonella , Shigella , and Campylobacter infections, can also cause proctitis.
Mucus in the body is natural and a very important part of how the body works. Tissues produce mucus to line and protect the mouth, nose, sinuses, throat, lungs, and gut. Most times, mucus is clear and thin. However, illness, diet, or environmental factors can sometimes increase mucus consistency. Mucus can even change in color.
Back to Health A to Z. Anal cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects the anus the end of the bowel. The symptoms of anal cancer are often similar to more common and less serious conditions affecting the anus, such as piles haemorrhoids and small tears or sores called anal fissures. See a GP if you develop any of these symptoms.