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what could have been the reason for the foul odor from my anus

I recently noticed a foul odor from my rectum after showering. I went online to try and remendy the odor because clearly soaps werent working, I even tried using rubbing alcohol. The most common suggestion I found was that the odor may be caused by anal fistula, i did however find one useful and AFFECTIVE suggestion which was to lather my rectum with soap and push finger slightly in my rectum several times to clean right inside the opening, not only did the odor go away my anus instantly puckered up and tightened!! Although I am very pleased to have found the solution Id like to know what the problem was in case there may be more serious issues involved than odor which could be a symptom to a bigger issue Question
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replied January 28th, 2011
Hello and thank you for posting your health query on E health Forum.

From the history provided here, presence of foul smell in the anal canal or the perineum could be signs of an infection, which definitely needs medical attention.

In addition presence of infected hemorrhoids, fistula in ano, perineal fistulas also need to be ruled out.

You might consider getting yourself examined, as well as getting a stool examination done for ova and parasites. This will give a definitive diagnosis.

I hope you find my suggestion helpful.

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