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Streaks of blood, bloody mucus on stool, hemorroids. Cause and cure?

I am a 35 year old female with no symptoms other than some streaks of blood or bloody mucus on the outside of some of my stool. The stool is a normal consistency, but I m a bit freaked out. It s happened a few times in the past month or two. Hemorroids were noted by the doctor after having my 2nd child, and I did have discomfort from an external one last week...but that went away.
Asked On : Mon, 15 Apr 2013
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Gastroenterologist 's  Response
Hello, Presence of streaks of blood is common with hemorrhoids which are dilated venous channels in the lower part of the anal canal. However it is uncommon to have mucus in the stool along with blood. This sort of symptoms can occur with some ulcers in the lower anorectum also. It would be advisable for you to get a formal gastroenterology consult and at least a sigmoidoscopy to rule other lesions.. However if you had already got these things done and have only hemorrhoids, then you should take measures to avoid constipation and have lots of fibre in the diet so that your stool softens. Hope this information helps in you getting well soon. Bye.
Answered: Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Painless bleeding per rectum is usually due to haemorrhoids...
It is not always symptomatic
Mucus is not / it may mean infection, infestation, ulcer, diverticulitis and so on
Mere presence of haemorrhoids does not exclude other causes / get your examined by your doctor, preferably Gastro-enterologist... at times, endoscopy may be necessary...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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