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Bleeding when passing stools

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 27, 2010
  • 04:08 AM

ive been bleeding when ive been passing stools lately, its happened before, but the amount of blood didnt seem a lot.
sometimes (but not all) its painful passing stools.
im worried because there is a lot of blood now everytime i go.

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  • You really need to see a doctor about this to be reassured, but likely it is just hemorrhoids (veins in your rectum that have become swollen and irritated and bleed). Try increasing your fibre intake (fruits, vegetables) to soften your stool or get a stool softener from your local pharmacy. Keep the anal area clean. Try a Sitz bath (bath with epsom salts) for at least 20 minutes a day. Drink more water. You can try putting a bit of corn starch around the anus (if you are female, do not get this near your vagina). You need to see a doctor to rule out more serious problems such as colorectal cancer. Are you sure it is blood? Some foods can cause the stool to release pigments from the food you ate (i.e. beets) and appear red too.
    blueempress 28 Replies
    • December 27, 2010
    • 07:51 AM
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  • Its definately blood.I thought if it was veins it would cause a lot of pain when going to pass stools, but sometimes i feel nothing unusual.Its the amount that worries me as its enough blood to turn the water red.I'll visit my GP for an examination.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 27, 2010
    • 01:48 PM
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  • There are two kinds of hemorrhoids -internal and external. The names might be a bit deceiving since they are both in your rectum. Internal hemorrhoids are above an area called the pectinate line and are NOT painful unless the veins that are irritated also irritate the area around your lower rectum/anus. External hemorroids are painful when they are irritated, but go through various stages of inflammation and may NOT always hurt. So, yes, it is possible you have hemorrhoids. Your idea of visiting your GP is the right one. An examination is the only way to rule out other problems. As well, there are other treatments for hemorrhoids that your GP can talk to you about.
    blueempress 28 Replies
    • December 27, 2010
    • 04:57 PM
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