Blood In Stools

Fresh visible blood after a bowel movement may be caused by hemorrhoids and anal fissures. On the other hand, black or tarry stools may indicate internal bleeding higher up in the tract.

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I noticed bright red blood in my stools. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 35 years old male. A few months ago, I noticed bright red blood on the toilet paper after I wiped it and on the surface of my stool. One week after that, I tested positive for covid. The bleeding continued for three weeks, and a dull ache in the stomach just below the breast bone, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your current symptoms of gas, some pain immediately resolving after passing gas, and slow bowel movements are secondary to a condition called post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Since it all started after the COVID infection, it is n...  Read Full »

I have been sick with parasites for past six months. What has to be done?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been sick with parasites for the past six months, and I would like to know if you are able to prescribe medication to get rid of them or to tell me what to tell my family doctor to prescribe me as I am having a hard time getting an appointment. I have been taking wormwood and black...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is positive for Entamoeba histolytica and negative for other parasites. Let me know if it is mentioned positively for other parasites as well. Now, you are infected with two parasites, one is Entamoeba histolytica and the other is worms. Here, we cannot directly p...  Read Full »

I am a 40-year-old woman with ulcerative colitis. I have blood in my stool when I do not take my medications. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 40-year-old woman with ulcerative colitis, diagnosed seven years back. I am currently taking Mesacol 4000 mg daily, but my bleeding has not stopped for the last five months. My body has gotten used to Deltacartel. Without it, my stool passes with blood and mucus in large quantities...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The target of treating ulcerative colitis is to stop the bloody bowel motions. The treatment of acute exacerbation includes IV (intravenous) steroids and an oral course. After controlling the acute exacerbation, upgrading the maintenance ther...  Read Full »

I am a 17-year-old having severe pain along with blood discharge while defecating. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,Yesterday evening when I was defecating, I went through a lot of pain, and there was quite an amount of blood coming out too. I noticed that my anal end was swollen due to boils. I got panicked because I am only 17 years old right now. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. You are probably suffering from hemorrhoids. The bulge and blood in stools may be due to hemorrhoids. In addition, constipation or hard stools may cause hemorrhoid formation. Excessive straining during defecation also may aggravate the pr...  Read Full »

What can be the causes of blood in stools and pain while wiping?

Query: Hello doctor, My fiance is having blood in his stool. It is bright red also. He said it hurts while wiping a little. He has had it more than twice a month. His stool is solid and very dark brown. Also, said the blood in the toilet was very noticeable and that when he wiped the toilet paper looked l...  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concern. Presence of blood in the stool and dark-colored stools indicate that some active bleeding is going on in the proximal part of the gastrointestinal tract. The blood gets digested in the inte...  Read Full »

I have been passing blood in my stools for the past week. What is the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been passing blood in my stools. A lot more than a handful, dark in color (something like maroon color) for the past week. Every time the blood goes out, my head starts aching. I cannot feel the blood going out. I am not able to pass the stools because I am too scared of blood ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. This can be a case of anal fissures, hemorrhoids, or ulcers because such bleeding can be seen when there is a rupture in the mucosa. So I would suggest you consult a general surgeon so he can do a DRE (digital re...  Read Full »

There is bright red blood in my stool. What could be causing it?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 23-year-old female. I weigh 220 at 5 foot 2 inches. There is bright red blood in my stool, not dark at all and no clots. I have asthma. I am also on Clomid to help me conceive and I just finished a round of it yesterday. The bleeding started yesterday.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concerns. The most common causes of blood in stools are either piles or anal fissure and both should be painful. So please provide me with more details in order to identify the cause: Is there any pain during or after defecation? Do you have any...  Read Full »

Why are there drops of blood when I pass stool?

Query: Hello doctor, I forced stool and fart at the same time, and that caused some pain in my anus. Thereafter, there were some drops of blood when I passed stool. My stool was slightly covered in blood too. I cleansed my anus with water and wiped it. Then, there was no sign of blood.  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From what you mentioned, you have an anal fissure which is a cut injury in the anal canal. Most commonly due to constipation and hard stools. They cause severe pain during and after bowel motion (may last for hours). If not treated appropriately, it could become chronic, ...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with endometriosis, and recently have fatigue and blood in my stools. Please help

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25-year-old female with endometriosis confirmed via exploratory laparotomy and also had excision of growths in two surgeries. I have a Mirena IUD in situ. PCOS, chronic migraines (bilateral occipital nerve blocks administered every three months), Raynauds Phenomenon, and ADHD (caps...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and am sorry for such discomforting symptoms and for the past medical history. You have mentioned fatigue, lightheadedness, and nausea as initial symptoms. Q) For how long have the symptoms been present? Q) Are those symptoms still present a...  Read Full »

I had a burning sensation and noticed blood during bowel movements. Is it suggestive of colon cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 40 years old and noticed blood during bowel movements. The blood on the toilet paper was bright red but looked a little darker around the stool. I usually have hard stools most of the time. The bowel movement was uncomfortable, and I had a burning sensation. I started taking suppl...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Mostly it will be an anal fissure and not cancer. The symptoms you have told me are all consistent with fissures. You must avoid constipation at all costs. I suggest you take plenty of fluids and water daily with lots of fibrous foods, fruits, and vegetables. Avoid s...  Read Full »

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