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Noticed stains of blood in stool. What could be the problem?

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My wife has seen some stains of blood in stool.What could be the problem 4 times this month
Posted Sun, 28 Oct 2012 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Charles S Narasi 1 hour later
I see that your wife is young and I hope generally in
good health.
Causes of small amount of fresh blood in the stool
may indicate some local problem in the ano-rectal area.
Most common one is , small hemorrhoids (Piles) and if
she has constipation and strains, these could bleed.
Usually there is blood on the tissue after wiping and
sometimes a burning feeling.Hemorrhoids could be
internal or external. Outside ones, you can see and
the XXXXXXX ones are seen through scope.
Other condition is "Fissure" or a small crack in the
lining which can also bleed.
If your wife has constipation, she needs to use
some stool softeners, increase her fiber intake.
More fruits and vegetables and liquids.
Over the counter cortisone cream 5-10% , applied
to the rectal area two or three times a day, if any
of the conditions that I mentioned are present helps.
Also Sitz baths, warm water to the area does good.
If the bleeding increses, she needs to see a proctologist.
Hope this helps.
Wish her well.
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Follow-up: Noticed stains of blood in stool. What could be the problem? 2 days later
Dear Doctor,

Thanks a lot for your reply.It is not due to constipation nor due to piles. She does not feel any pain .She has just seen some stains on the feces.We suspect it due to heat or some minor thing, since she looks hale and healthy. If what we had assumed is OK then it is all fine unless there might be some underlying problem. Hopefully not.

Answered by Dr. Charles S Narasi 6 hours later
You may not be able to see the small XXXXXXX hemorrhoids but
they can cause a little bleeding at times. So long as the bleeding
is not brisk or continuous, I would not worry about it much.
Keep checking the stool daily to make sure there is no continued
Wish her well.
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Follow-up: Noticed stains of blood in stool. What could be the problem? 8 minutes later
Thanks a lot for the reply Doctor.
Answered by Dr. Charles S Narasi 2 hours later
You are most welcome.Have a great day.
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