Fecal incontinence is an embarrassing condition in which a person is unable to fully control his or her bowels. For some, it is an occasional bowel leakage, such as when passing gas. For others, however, fecal incontinence can be a total loss of bowel control. Though it usually is not caused by a serious medical issue, bowel incontinence is disruptive to overall quality of life, preventing many people from enjoying activities or social events for fear of embarrassment. We encourage anyone experiencing fecal incontinence to seek medical attention for the condition. With treatment, many patients are able to return to normal bowel control and prevent painful skin irritation that is often associated with the condition.