This is what you need to know about the possible diagnosis of blood smeared fecal matter and what is required by you and your doctor if a problem is discovered.
Blood in the stool signifies that there is bleeding occurring somewhere in the gut lining. Sometimes the quantity of blood is so insignificant that the detection is possible only by a fecal occult test (which is a test for untraceable blood in the excreta). At other times, it may noticeable on toilet paper or in the toilet bowl after a bowel movement as red colored blood. Bleeding that occurs in the upper areas of the digestive lining may make stool appear dark and tarry.
A person having blood in the excreta may be unaware of bleeding and might not have experienced any symptoms. They may also have a stomach ache, vomiting, muscle weakness, breathing difficulty, diarrhea, heart fluttering, unconsciousness, and weight reduction varying on the cause, location, duration, and acuteness of the bleeding.
What causes rectal bleeding?
Although rectal bleeding is fairly commonplace, only about a fraction of those affected actively seek treatment. Symptoms usually escalate rapidly, and most causes are treatable and benign. In some select cases, bleeding from the rectal region might be a symptom of a serious disease, such as colorectal cancer. Hence, all rectal bleeding should be promptly reported to the health care provider. He or she can perform a rectal examination or order medical tests like a colonoscopy to pinpoint the actual cause of the bleeding.
Rectal bleeding can be caused by:
• inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
• colon cancer
Treatment may include simple solutions that can be easily done. This includes consuming a fiber rich diet to alleviate constipation that can cause and worsen anal fissures, and hemorrhoids and having a warm bath to soothe fissures.
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