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 have an upset stomach, blood in my stool, and pain while defecating. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,Yesterday and the day before, I had long-hour travel. I had been eating out for a few days. Today I noticed some blood on my underwear. I have had an upset stomach since yesterday. It hurts when I have to go to the bathroom to relieve myself. My stool is not hard, but it pains when I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Bansari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your concern, and your symptoms suggest an anal fissure. You must avoid pushing hard while passing the stool, take plenty of water, and chew food well. Besides, continue taking fibers and take a sitz bath twice daily. (Note: Sitz bath is taking a tub ...  Read Full »

Is bowel cancer the reason for my loose stools with blood in it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 49 years old. Six weeks ago, I passed a loose stool and noticed some blood in it. About five days later, it happened again. My abdomen was tender and swollen. My doctor suggested I do a stool sample, blood tests, and colonoscopy. I do not have any symptoms from the last five week...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. An elevated calprotectin is not indicative of cancer. It is just an inflammatory marker that indicates that there is an inflammation in the bowel. Also, the tablet Nurofen (Ibuprofen) can cause small and large intestines ulcers. As you are ...  Read Full »

I am abroad on a trip and have cold sweats, headaches, and blood in the stool. Can you please help?

Query: Hi doctor,I am currently abroad on a trip. Suddenly, I got cold sweats, headaches, and phlegmy coughs. I then puked and got mostly better. I just saw blood in my stool, but I feel fine now. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your question and understood your concerns. Probably, you are suffering from gastroenteritis. That has caused the vomiting and the bloody stools. It is mostly due to a protozoal infection. So, I suggest you take Flagyl two tablets three times daily ...  Read Full »

Do I notice blood in my stools because I have grade 1 hemorrhoids and mild diverticulosis?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 37-year-old male, and I have had blood in my stools for about three days every two weeks for the last eight months. I went to a doctor who did a digital rectal exam and anoscopy. I was diagnosed with hemorrhoids. He prescribed some cream, which I used often. However, the bleeding...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the attached reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), I think it is uncommon to have regular bleeding from that small degree of rectal hemorrhoids, but exceptions are always there. It is uncommon but not impossible. I have seen a few patie...  Read Full »

I am pooping blood, and I doubt it is due to my previous hemorrhoids. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am pooping blood. I do not have any pain, but I had a hemorrhoid a few months back, and I was thinking I just pooped it out. But now I am really worried because it was a lot of blood. I am on birth control medications. Can you please help me with this?Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Varunbabu Aucha

Answer: Hi,Welcome to you are a young female, bloody stool could be due to hemorrhoids or fissures in the anus most of the time. If it is hemorrhoids, there are grading systems from one to four. To differentiate the condition, you need a proper clinical examination. Moreover, you need to c...  Read Full »

I have rectal bleeding after a bowel movement. What should I do next?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been bleeding from my rectum for about an hour after having a bowel movement. During the first five minutes, there was heavy bleeding. The blood is bright red and not thick. The motion was not painful or anything out of the ordinary for me. About a month ago, I had surgery in wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I can understand your concern. Sir, you should go to a nearby clinic and get an instant treatment done because the bleeding is continuous. So you might need intravenous (IV) fluids to replace the blood loss. Otherwise, your blood pressure wil...  Read Full »

I am so worried thinking that the blood in my stool is due to internal bleeding. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, Three weeks ago, I tested positive for COVID-19. I am almost recovered now. Today for the first time, I spotted blood in my stool. So I am worried, is the blood in my stool due to internal bleeding? As I took Paracetamol for so many days, is it due to piles? I took a lot of medicines d...  Read Full »

Dr. Mian Shah Yousaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the picture provided by you (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and it looks like the condition is due to hemorrhoids, and it does not look like a case of internal bleeding. You can continue taking Zinc and Vitamin C, as they are not c...  Read Full »

Can severe constipation aggravate to malignancy?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been having overflowing diarrhea and constipation for about four weeks now. I am under investigation and will have a colonoscopy in a few weeks. I am under investigtion for IBS. I have been under so much stress lately. Blood tests on kidneys and liver are acceptable. I also do no...  Read Full »

Dr. Jagdish Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It looks like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) only. So, do regular exercise, meditation, and yoga. Have a good sleep. Avoid juice and milk. I would suggest you tablet Rifagut (Rifaximin) 550 mg thrice daily after meals for ten days.  Read Full »

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 Lohana

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 »

Does burning sensation and blood from rectum suggest anal fissures?

Query: Hello,I am a 23-year-old female and had a flexible sigmoidoscopy just a month ago because a little bright red blood was coming from my rectal area. I have a burning sensation when my stool is really hard, which is a problem in my case. When the doctor put the camera on during the sigmoidoscopy, he c...  Read Full »

Dr. Udaya Nath Sahoo

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. As far as your clinical history is concerned, you should not be worried. I suggest- 1. You must continue laxatives at bedtime for constipation. 2. You can apply Nifedipine cream at bedtime to relax the anal muscles. 3. Y...  Read Full »

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