Rectal bleeding

What is Rectal Bleeding?

This refers to the passage of blood through the rectum and anus. There are several potential causes of rectal bleeding, including hemorrhoids, anal fissures, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and colon cancer. Depending on the underlying cause, rectal bleeding may be accompanied by other symptoms such as abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, and weight loss.

Treatment will depend on the cause of the bleeding and may range from conservative measures such as dietary changes and stool softeners to more invasive procedures such as colonoscopy or surgery.

When is it necessary to see a doctor?

If you notice blood in your stool or on toilet paper after wiping, it can be a concerning symptom. It's essential to see a doctor if you experience rectal bleeding, especially if you have other symptoms like abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, or weight loss. Remember, early detection of colorectal cancer can save your life.

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