Anal Bleeding, I Know Its Nasty But I Just Have A Few Questions.?

Iv had alot of problems lately with my body.. Lol.. Its weird.. I had a yeast infection.. Abscess that kept occuring under my arm.. And now Im bleeding when I have a bowel movement.. This has happened a couple years ago and I went to the hospital and they said nothing.. But now its kind of a lot of blood.. The toilet water is actually a redish color.. Its only when I have a bowel movement.. Does anyone know what this could be?.. Its only painful for a second.. But its a nice amount of blood.. Should I go to the ER or just see if it continues or what?..

Written By Soniamiller

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  • Bohemian_Garnet_Permaculturalist March 30, 2009, 7:13 pm

    I worked in the medical field for over 15 years. Please don’t be embarrassed by this. This happens to a lot of people.

    Yes, you should seek medical attention. If you a really afraid you are bleeding too much, then go to the E.R. However if you feel like it can wait for a few days, then make an appointment with your general practitioner.

    They are probably going to have you do a fecal blood test. They give you a cardboard thing, for you to take home. Next time you have a bowel movement, you smear samples of your stool in the circles on the cardboard (don’t worry, full instructions come with the kit). Then you package it up and it gets sent off to the lab.

    The lab looks at it, to determine where the blood might be coming from…fresh blood, old blood, cancer, ulcer, other disease, ect.

    That (the fecal blood test) is almost always the very first test that is preformed. It’s very rare that someone with rectal bleeding is put strait into the hospital (but it does happen).

    Avoid taking aspirin right now (increases bleeding). Eat mild and bland foods right now. Try to avoid grease. Avoid soda, and caffeine. Drink plenty of water, and real fruit juice.

    Do you have medical insurance? Many insurance companies now offer a 24 hour a day phone number you can call and speak with a nurse.

    Side note…have you been eating a lot of beets, red jello, or red Kool Aid? That can make it look like blood in the stool.

    By the way, you stated “only painful for a second.” That’s actually a good thing. It probably means an irritated hemoriod, rather than something scarey, like cancer.

    ~Garnet
    Permaculture homesteading/farming over 20 years
    Worked in the medical field over 15 years