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Noticed Blood in Stool? Here’s What to Do...

Updated on July 8, 2015
What to do if you find blood in your poop.
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Blood in Stool?

Blood in stool is quite a common sign. It tells you that there is some bleeding happening somewhere in the region between the stomach and anus. The blood may be bright red or brown and, in some cases, people report black stool (the medical term for this symptom is melena, and it is when a stomach ulcer causes bleeding).

There is a wide variety of causes for this blood that range from benign to worrisome.

Read on to find out more.

Blood in Stool: What Do I Do?

Don’t panic! You'll need your wits about you while you figure out what to do.

First, you'll need to determine how much blood you're talking about. If there is a lot, then you'll need immediate medical help. But if the bleeding stops a few minutes after you noticed it (and in 99% of cases, this is what happens), then there is no reason to get desperate, yell for help, or run naked to the hospital. After the bleeding stops, simply wash the area around your anus with warm water and carry on with your daily routine.

In most cases, the bleeding is so sparse or over so fast that you don't need to worry. You don’t have to go to the hospital, but you can call your doctor and ask for advice if you want to or if it continues.

Symptoms to Pay Attention to (These Will Be of Interest to Your Doctor):

1. Is the blood bright red or brown? Did you notice small drops of blood over the stool or did the stool seem to be mixed with blood?

Bright red blood suggests “fresh” bleeding and is often related to bleeding hemorrhoids. This condition is not life-threatening and can be treated with over-the-counter medications and cured with great success, even without surgery.

Brown blood is partially digested blood, so that usually means it has been in your intestines for some time (a few hours or a day or two) and sometimes it means that the cause originates in the higher parts of the intestines.

2. Did you feel any pain with the bleeding? Did you feel any other sensation when the bleeding occurred?

Hemorrhoids are often painful, so pain located in the anus could indicate that you have bleeding hemorrhoids. Fissures can be painful and bloody, too.

Sometimes, patients report that they felt like something “cracked” when they pushed the stool out. Typically, this is a sign of rupturing hemorrhoids.

3. Have you experienced this kind of bleeding before? Is the bleeding regular or irregular?

If you have experienced bleeding before, especially if you are over 50 years old, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor. You don’t have to go to the emergency room, but tomorrow morning or in the next few days…

Conclusion:

Blood in the stool is very common occurrence. The main reasons for this condition are hemorrhoids and fissures, but there are also a lot of other benign conditions related to bloody stool. Sometimes (rarely!), bleeding is a sign of a serious disease. Sometimes it takes some time and tests to determine what the cause is. Remember is to pay attention to what the blood looks like, call your doctor for advice, and make an appointment for a medical exam.

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      Carol Ann 

      4 weeks ago

      I’ve had tiny black seedlike things in my stool for over a month now. When I clean the toilet after with a gel bleach cleaner, those “seeds” have bright red rivulets running from them. I have a lot of pain in my low belly & back. I just don’t know whether to bother going to a Dr or not.

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      Linda 

      11 months ago

      My son poops straight blood pretty often. What kind of dr should he go to

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      Hello 

      12 months ago

      I have blood in the stool, and I feel that it is very little. Does this mean I should leave it alone or actually call a doctor and check. It would be very generous of you to respond.

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      Dee dee 

      13 months ago

      My 10yr old daughter has symptoms of cramps a d blood in her poop. She is pooping as often as every30 minutes. No fever no diarrhea no vomiting no dizziness

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      dmk 

      13 months ago

      I ate too much Activa Yogurt and had a bit of blood in the stool after using the restroom.. is this bad? I hope it goes away. I'm at work and really don't want to go to the emergency room.

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      Sherwin 

      13 months ago

      I got in to a motorcycle accident 5 weeks ago and I am having a neck, head, shoulder, and back pain. The doctor prescribed a ibuprofen 800 mg and cyclobenzaprine 10 mg, and I still have a pain and even rush to emergency beacause of bad headache and vomiting. They gave me a metoclopramide 5 mg. I have taken 2 tablets aside the one they have given me in the emergency room, now I am having a blood on the stool

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      I have now its gone 

      19 months ago

      theres blood on my poop not long time ago

      it produce mucus afterwards

      in several weeks no blood, yellow poop but present in mucus

      It is possible that this blood could comeback again?

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      Just50 

      23 months ago

      nilesh... That problem sounds like c diff..

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      syed ashfaq 

      23 months ago

      I m 26, blood in stool

      I will do the fingiring in my anus

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      maq 

      2 years ago

      whats its treatment of blood in stool ?

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      Nilesh 

      2 years ago

      Dear Doctor..

      My sister has a problem in health from last 1.5 months as mentioned below.

      She had issue that blood in stool with Reddish brown.

      Consistency-watery

      Mucus-Present

      Frank blood-Present

      Adult worm-Absent

      Chemical examination

      Reaction-Nutral

      Occult blood-Present

      Microscopic Examination

      Pus cells-More than 300/hpf

      Macrophanges-2-3/hpf

      RBC-more than 300/hpf

      Ova,cysts,protozoa,fat bodies,yeast cells,all are Absent..

      She is 44 years old and privious weight was 83 and present is 78.

      She need to go toilet minium 15 to 2o times in a day.

      Please suggest what type of problem it is?

      This is a syemtom of Cancer?

      We are proceeding tomorrow for camera checking from stool area side of 7 minute procedure as per suggested by a Doctor.

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      Star4 

      4 years ago

      Call 911 and ask about blood in stool?

      I don't think so.

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      Hnnng 

      5 years ago

      "call 911 for advice and to make an appointment for medical exam." --what?

    • That's the way profile imageAUTHOR

      That's the way 

      7 years ago

      Of course, blood makes people freak out and if it scares you a lot, than going to doctor is a good decision...

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      emmhol 

      7 years ago

      Blood in stool can be very alarming especially once it hits the toilet it looks like a lot more than there actually is.

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