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What causes blood in stools in an 18-year-old?


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Published At February 9, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am 18 years old. I am not on any drugs. I am bleeding from my anal and it is also in my stool. What shall I do?


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I read your query and understand your concern. If you are experiencing bleeding from your anus and it is also present in your stool, it is important to seek medical attention promptly. Bleeding from the rectum or blood in stool can be caused by various factors, including hemorrhoids, anal fissures, inflammatory bowel disease, infections, or more serious conditions. It is crucial to consult with a healthcare professional who can evaluate your symptoms, provide a proper diagnosis, and recommend appropriate treatment. conduct a physical examination, order tests, or refer you to a specialist if needed. I can offer some general suggestions. If you are experiencing bleeding from your anus, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are a few steps you can take:

1. Avoid straining during bowel movements: Straining can worsen the bleeding. Ensure you have a diet high in fiber and drink plenty of water to help maintain regular bowel movements.

2. Use mild, unscented toilet paper: Harsh or scented toilet paper can irritate the area further. Instead, use soft, unscented toilet paper, or consider using moist wipes or a bidet for gentle cleansing.

3. Apply cold compresses: Using a cold compress or ice pack wrapped in a clean cloth can help reduce swelling and provide temporary relief.

4. Avoid prolonged sitting or standing: Sitting or standing for extended periods can increase pressure on the affected area. Try to take breaks and move around to alleviate the pressure.

5. Avoid lifting heavy objects: Heavy lifting can strain the rectal area and worsen bleeding. Take precautions and avoid heavy lifting until you consult with a healthcare professional.

Remember, it is always best to seek physical examination for any concerning symptoms like rectal bleeding. I hope I have cleared all your doubts.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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