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What could be the reason for diarrhea and blood in the stools?


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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been having diarrhea along with blood in stools for the past week. What could be the reason?

Kindly help.


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Diarrhea can often be caused by various factors such as changes in diet, food intolerances, infections, or certain medical conditions. It is important to stay hydrated and maintain proper nutrition during this time. Regarding the itching and discomfort in your buttock area, it is possible that you may have developed irritation or inflammation due to repeated wiping or the consistency of your stool. This can cause minor trauma to the delicate skin in that area, leading to itching, discomfort, and sometimes even a small amount of bleeding.

The treatment and tests for loose motion (diarrhea) depend on the cause and severity of your symptoms. In mild cases, self-care measures can help manage the condition:

  1. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids like water, clear broths, or oral rehydration solutions to replenish lost fluids and electrolytes.
  2. Avoid certain foods: Temporarily avoid spicy, fatty, or high-fiber foods that can exacerbate diarrhea.
  3. Eat bland foods: Stick to a BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) or easily digestible foods until your symptoms improve.
  4. Probiotics: Consider taking probiotics, as they may help restore the balance of good bacteria in your digestive system.

If your symptoms persist or worsen, it is recommended to consult for an antibiotic prescription.

They may suggest tests such as stool analysis to identify the underlying cause of your diarrhea. Based on the results, appropriate treatment options can be determined, which might include:

  1. Medications: Antidiarrheal medications, such as Loperamide, can be used in certain cases to provide temporary relief from diarrhea. However, it is important to follow the advice of a healthcare professional before using any medication.
  2. Antibiotics: If a bacterial infection is causing your diarrhea, antibiotics may be prescribed.

Remember, it is crucial to seek medical advice from a healthcare professional who can evaluate your symptoms, review your medical history, and provide personalized recommendations.

I hope this has helped you. 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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