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Rectal Pain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

Rectal pain can be caused by a number of conditions, such as hemorrhoids, an abscess, trauma, or anal tear. Infection, muscle spasms, or anal intercourse can also cause rectal pain.



You may need any of the following:

Return to the emergency department if:

Contact your healthcare provider if:

Take a sitz bath:

Fill a bathtub with 4 to 6 inches of warm water. You may also use a sitz bath pan that fits over a toilet. Sit in the sitz bath for 20 minutes. Do this 2 to 3 times a day, or as directed. The warm water can help decrease pain, muscle spasms, or swelling. 

Apply heat:

Apply a warm, moist compress on your anus for 20 to 30 minutes every 2 hours for as many days as directed. Heat helps decrease pain and muscle spasms.

Eat high-fiber foods:

This will help prevent constipation and soften your bowel movements. High-fiber foods include fruit, vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals, and beans. A dietitian or healthcare provider can help you create a high-fiber meal plan.

Drink liquids as directed:

You may need to drink more liquid than usual to help soften your bowel movements. Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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