A to Z Symptoms: Rectal Bleeding

A to Z Symptoms: Rectal Bleeding

A to Z Symptom: Rectal Bleeding

Rectal bleeding refers to any blood that passes from the anus (where stool, or poop, exits the body). It can show up in the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet, and can range from bright red to almost black.

Kids can have rectal bleeding for different reasons, most of which are not serious.

More to Know

Causes

Different things can cause rectal bleeding; these are some of the most common:

More serious causes of rectal bleeding include:

Sometimes, food allergies and blood-clotting problems also can lead to rectal bleeding.

Treatment

Drinking plenty of fluids, eating foods with fiber, and exercising regularly can help treat and prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, and anal fissures. Keeping the area clean and applying ointments can relieve pain and speed healing. Rarely, a fissure doesn't heal and the doctor may recommend surgery.

Keep in Mind

The conditions that cause more serious cases of rectal bleeding will be treated by doctors. For instance, IBD is a chronic (long-term) condition that requires continuing care to help manage symptoms.

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