Q. What are the possible causes of bright red colored blood in stools?

Answered by
Dr. Jagdish Singh
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 27, 2022

Hi doctor,

While using the washroom recently, I noticed blood on my stool, and when I wiped it. The color was bright red, with no dark spots or streaks. There is no family history of colon problems. For the past two months, I have been taking a symbiotic, which has greatly improved my digestive system and stools. I am not sure what caused this to happen. There is no abdominal pain, irritation, or swelling. The next day of the incident, there was very little blood, and not much came out. On the day after, there was no blood, the shape was slightly better, but not much changed. What is the reason?



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I understand your concern.

A fresh blood spot on the wipe usually indicates piles (lumps inside and around the anus). Internal piles usually do not cause any pain or swelling. It improves with increased fiber intake. Secondly, a colonoscopy (a procedure in which a doctor uses a colonoscope to examine the inside of the colon and rectum) can be performed to confirm the absence of colon cancer. According to your history, it only appears to be piles.

Hi doctor,

Thank you for the reply.

Is it possible to treat piles at home, or do I need to consult a doctor? Could a colonoscopy provide me with the assurance I seek? Is there anything else I should be on the lookout for?



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I understand your concern.

Yes, piles can be treated at home by eating a high-fiber diet and avoiding foods high in oil and spices. Stools should not be hard. You have no other signs of cancer, such as weight loss, abdominal pain, and low hemoglobin. So do not worry. Consult a doctor only if your symptoms are not under control.

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