If you have proctitis, you will need to learn how to treat rectal inflammation. Rectal inflammation can be caused by infection or other medical conditions such as ulcerative colitis. Symptoms include pain, inflammation of rectal tissue, bleeding and sometimes rectal discharge. Although this condition is uncomfortable, it can be effectively treated by following a few steps.
Things you will need to treat rectal inflammation include:
- Medical evaluation
- Pain medication
- Warm water
- See your health care provider. He will need to determine what is causing your symptoms before he can begin treatment. When the underlying cause of your condition is determined your doctor will implement a treatment plan to treat rectal inflammation.
- Take antibiotics. Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat rectal inflammation if it is caused by an infection. As your infection begins to clear, your symptoms will improve. Remember to always finish your antibiotics because if you do not, your infection may linger or come back.
- Consider corticosteroids. Corticosteroid medication can treat rectal inflammation by reducing swelling and pain. Talk to your doctor about risks and benefits before you begin treatment with this type of medication because they can cause temporary weight gain and increased appetite.
Ask about pain medication. Over-the-counter analgesics or anti-inflammatory medication can help treat rectal inflammation by reducing swelling and irritation. If over-the-counter medication is ineffective, ask your doctor about prescription pain medications. These medications often contain codeine and have side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, constipation and confusion. Make sure you discuss these side effects with your doctor before you consider taking them.
- Take warm baths. A warm bath can help treat rectal inflammation because warm water is soothing and reduces pain. In addition, warm baths can help wash away bacteria and heal irritated rectal tissue. Do not use bubble bath or other harsh soaps in your bath water, as these can exacerbate your condition.