Why Does It Burn When You Poop? Causes Explained

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March 15, 2024

Pain in bowel movements is an uncomfortable experience and can stem from various digestive issues. If you often find yourself questioning, “Why does it burn when I poop?” It may be due to constipation, anal fissures, hemorrhoids, etc.

Burning Sensation During Bowel Movements

Does it hurt or burn a lot when you poop? Well such a condition is known as dyschezia. It is displeasing and happens when the lining of mucosa present in the rectum is inflamed. Issues like constipation, diarrhea, or cancer can cause inflammation that makes it painful to poop.

1. Constipation

It is quite normal to have constipation occasionally due to diet changes, stress, or hormonal imbalance from time to time; however, chronic constipation makes your anus burn when you poop. If you have strain when passing a stool, get your primary care physician on board and ask what can be done.

There is no one-size-fits-all kind of answer for this, but the standard number is 3 stools per week for most people. However, this does not mean you experience pain or have to push very hard while taking a dump. Chronic constipation may indicate a bowel blockage; therefore, if you suspect intestinal obstruction with cramps, contact your doctor immediately.

2. Anal fissures

They are also known as anal tears and are present in the form of small cuts or tears in the anal lining. Mostly, their occurrence is due to straining at the time of difficult bowel movements. Chronic diarrhea is a major contributor; this condition makes your stool hard and sharp that burns the outlet while you poop.

3. Hemorrhoids

When your veins near the anus become swollen and inflamed, the condition is referred to as hemorrhoids. This issue can cause itching and discomfort and form hard lumps around the anus that burn when you poop.

4. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a broad term used for chronic inflammatory conditions that affect your digestive tract. It presents itself in two forms, namely:

  • Crohn’s disease: It involves deeper layers of the digestive tract and goes beyond the lining, causing abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fatigue.
  • Ulcerative colitis: On the other hand, it affects the inner lining, specifically the rectum and colon, leading to inflammation and sores.
5. Diarrhea

When you pass 3 or more sudden bowel movements on a single day, it may indicate that you have diarrhea. Anything you eat passes through your system faster in this condition, and your stool may contain digestive enzymes, stomach acid, or bile, making it burn while you poop.

6. Cancer

It is rare, but colon and rectal cancer can cause a burning sensation while passing a stool. Both conditions start as polyps and attach to the intestinal wall, causing blockage and bleeding.

7. Diet or lifestyle

You are what you eat. It’s not just a saying but a hard truth. What you eat directly impacts your digestive health. Therefore, we urge you to make the right decisions that positively contribute to gut health.
Some factors that have negative effects on your body’s ability to digest include:

  • If your meals are high in fat and low in fiber.
  • Having the habit of excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Lack of adequate water intake.
  • Not eating meals at the same time every day.
  • Sedentary lifestyle.
  • Lack of proper sleep.
  • High-stress levels
  • Anxiety

When Should I See a Doctor?

If it consistently burns while you poop, check for the following conditions and let your doctor know if you can identify one or more of these:

  • Lumps of bumps in the anal area.
  • Chronic or severe constipation.
  • Bleeding or other discharge from your anus.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Your anal area is itchy, irritating, or painful.
  • Black stools
  • Blood in stool
  • Diarrhea lasts for 3 days or more.
  • Stomach cramps.

Connect with Your Primary Care Doctor

Closing Note

The burning sensation when you pass stool could be nothing more than the hot wings you had earlier or indicate a disorder that needs careful attention. If your bowel movement troubles you for more than a day, contact our expert, Dr. Rajesh Maheshwari, MD, at Lathrop Urgent Care Clinic. We have our competent team waiting to serve you. In case of emergency, call at (209)-983-9000.

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