Rectal Bleeding

rectal bleedingThere are a variety of GI conditions that can cause rectal bleeding or blood in the stools. It is best to understand the cause of the blood as it can indicate a serious condition. Dr. Nowain is trained in treating hemorrhoids, which is one of the leading causes of rectal bleeding. Here are explanations and common causes of rectal bleeding and blood in the stools.

  • Rectal bleeding: Rectal bleeding can be a symptom of hemorrhoids, constipation, anal fissures, colon cancer, colon polyps,inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhea, or anal cancer. If you experience rectal bleeding with constipation, it is still necessary to see a doctor to ensure that the cause is from hemorrhoids and not something more serious. Constipation and straining can cause minor tearing during the bowel movements.
  • Blood in stools: When one experiences blood in the stools, it can be very startling. It is not normal to have blood in the stools and if you experience this symptom, it is best to see a physician. The causes of blood in the stools can be hemorrhoids, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or ulcers. It is important to note that certain foods can dye your stools a reddish or blackish color, which can look like blood. These foods include beets, Pepto-Bismol, iron pills, blueberries, and black licorice. If you have not consumed any of these foods or medications and you are experiencing dark stools, it is best to see a doctor and set up an appointment for a colonoscopy. One can have blood in the stools, but not be bright red. This is known as occult blood. The blood is from a different part of the intestines and will have a dark appearance.

Rectal bleeding and blood in the stools is a sign that something is not right in the intestines. If you are experiencing rectal bleeding, please contact us to set up an appointment.