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Remedies for constipation,blood in stools - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer
Doctor :   hello
User :   hello...
Doctor :   please tell me your query
User :   today after bowel movement there was a drop of blood in the toilet. i have been constipated is this AAAAAAA
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please
User :   47 female
Doctor :   was it bright red in color?
User :   yes...bright red
Doctor :   Seeing blood in the toilet, on the outside of your stool, or with wiping after a bowel movement is common. Fortunately, most of the causes of such rectal bleeding are not life-threatening; common causes include hemorrhoids and anal fissures.
Doctor :   any pain during defecation ?
User :   i have had two rectal exams in past month (by two different doctors) because of some irritaion down there. they both said it is fissures/ one hemmoroid but i had never had the drop of blood before
User :   i feel irritation even a little bit after bowel movements.
Doctor :   well it does seem to present like fissure ,
Doctor :   how long have you been constipated ?
Doctor :   ok let me advise you few things that you can do
User :   i have had constipation issues for about a month. I still manage to go every 2nd day with the help of prune juice. sometimes it is just very hard at first then the i finish. i am trying to regulate the constipation a little. does this cause the blood? or fissure
Doctor :   The best bet for avoiding anal fissures is to have a healthy and well balanced diet. This diet should contain fruits, vegetables, whole grain and drinking eight to ten glasses of water.
Doctor :   constipation is the MAJOR cause of blood in stools
Doctor :   Using lubrication is another method of treating the problem. To avoid any injury to your anal, apply petroleum jelly into your rectum.
Doctor :   A key factor to avoid anal fissures is to keep the area dry. With every shower or bowel movement try to dab the area with baby powder.
Doctor :   Avoid rough toilet paper as it may cause more problems. Be gentle while wiping the sores as it may open up the sores due to constant rubbing. Avoid scented and colored toilet paper. These may cause irritation. If possible use facial tissues to wipe your bottom
Doctor :   Try to drink Nettle juice for an easy bowel movement as well as to be free from the soreness caused by the fissures. Drink one teaspoon three times a day.
User :   what is nettle juice
Doctor :   Sitting in a tub filled with a few inches of warm water (sitz bath) for 20 minutes several times a day soothes the torn tissue and helps relax the internal anal sphincter. This promotes healing.
User :   should water be really hot?
User :   do you think this is a reason to see a gastriontologist
Doctor :   in mild water
Doctor :   well if it its the first time
Doctor :   then no need
User :   what would be warning signs if there was a larger problem with blood in stool.
Doctor :   You can try using natural stool softeners like papaya to make bowel movements easier and for these tears to heal faster.
Doctor :   constipation is the main culprit always
Doctor :   you need to have high fiber diet
Doctor :   Prevention is better than cure so try to eat a high-fiber diet and a low-carbohydrate one to help avoid these cuts in the future.
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