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What causes blood in stool?

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Posted on Thu, 21 Aug 2014
Question: Hi, I am 45yrs old, female, social smoker and drinker, otherwise very healthy and fit with no allergies. I have recently been noticing blood in my stool and today I was very sore on the outside of the anus. I checked myself and found a red, tender lump on the entry of the anus. Is this a polyp? What can I do to treat it?
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Answered by Dr. Ashish Verma (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
it need clinical examination

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXX

The possibilities that I can think of include polyp or hemorrhoid or a skin tag following a healed fissure. It will need a clinical examination to distinguish between them. I would suggest that you see a surgeon for proper clinical evaluation and further management. Until them you can try XXXXXXX warm sitz bath.

Hope I have been helpful.

Regards,
Dr. Ashish Verma
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Follow up: Dr. Ashish Verma (3 hours later)
If it is just a haemoriod, what would be the best form of treatment? I am in a lot of discomfit and my GP/doctor is booked out till next week :-(
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Answered by Dr. Ashish Verma (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
depends upon the grade of haemorrhoid

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXX

The treatment of haemorrhoid, depends upon its grade. Grade I can be managed with medicines, while grade II & III require some form of banding or sclerotherapy. Grade IV need surgery.

But again, you need to see a surgeon to assess the grade. But as you can see a lump outside, it won't be less than grade II. And haemorrhoids and polyps are usually painless. If the mass is painful then it could be a thrombosed haemorrhoids.

If the pain is more, you can show in an emergency room.

Hope i have been helpful.

Regards,
Dr. Ashish Verma
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What causes blood in stool?

Brief Answer: it need clinical examination Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX The possibilities that I can think of include polyp or hemorrhoid or a skin tag following a healed fissure. It will need a clinical examination to distinguish between them. I would suggest that you see a surgeon for proper clinical evaluation and further management. Until them you can try XXXXXXX warm sitz bath. Hope I have been helpful. Regards, Dr. Ashish Verma