Rectal Bleeding

What is Rectal Bleeding

Rectal bleeding is when blood comes out of the opening of the butt (anus). People with this kind of bleeding may notice bright red blood in their underwear or in the toilet after they poop (have a bowel movement).

They may also have dark red or black poop (stool). Rectal bleeding is often a sign that something is wrong. It needs to be checked by a doctor.

Follow these instructions at home:

Watch for any changes in your condition. Take these actions to help with bleeding and discomfort:

  • Eat a diet that is high in fiber. This will keep your poop soft so it is easier for you to poop without pushing too hard. Ask your doctor to tell you what foods and drinks are high in fiber.
  • Drink enough fluid to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow. This also helps keep your poop soft.
  • Try taking a warm bath. This may help with pain.
  • Keep all follow-up visits as told by your doctor. This is important.

Get help right away if:

  • You have new bleeding.
  • You have more bleeding than before.
  • You have black or dark red poop.
  • You throw up (vomit) blood or something that looks like coffee grounds.
  • You have pain or tenderness in your belly (abdomen).
  • You have a fever.
  • You feel weak.
  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous).
  • You pass out (faint).
  • You have very bad pain in your butt.
  • You cannot poop.

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