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Why Is There Blood in My Stool?

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Seeing blood in your stool can be alarming, but it can mean many things. It may indicate that you have a relatively minor problem, or a problem that requires a visit to your gastroenterologist. If you have blood in your stool, it is important to take note of any other symptoms you have and see if the problem persists.

Why is there blood in my stool?

Possible Causes of Rectal Bleeding

Rectal bleeding can signal a problem at any point in your digestive tract, including your esophagus, stomach, intestines, and rectum. To assess the problem, the bleeding must be considered alongside other symptoms. The shade of blood can offer a clue as to the cause of your issue.

  • Hemorrhoids: This is the most common cause of rectal bleeding. Hemorrhoids occur when veins in your rectum and anus swell in response to pregnancy, obesity, straining while defecating, and sitting for too long. Curing hemorrhoids can be as simple as lifestyle changes to your diet and exercise habits.
  • Polyps: A polyp is a benign, non-cancerous growth in your colon. Polyps should be removed immediately, since they can febecome cancerous. Make sure to get your regular colonoscopy and cancer screening to check for polyps.
  • Colorectal Cancer: This type of cancer can cause bleeding in your intestines and colon, which can make its way into your stool.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS): This can include Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. Medications and lifestyle changes are often effective in fighting IBS.
  • Peptic Ulcers: Ulcers in your stomach or intestines can cause bleeding, although this is a rare symptom.

When Should I Seek Help for Rectal Bleeding?

Keep an eye out for extreme changes in the color of your stool, especially if it appears bright red or almost black. This indicates an urgent problem. Also contact your doctor if you are experiencing cramps, abdominal pain, or lightheadedness.

At Beverly Hills Center for Digestive Health, we are here to help with all emergency gastrointestinal issues. Contact us immediately if you are concerned about your GI health.

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