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What causes blood in stools?

I am a 15 year old male. When I was very young, I had constipation problems and had to take medicine (stool softener) so I could pass stools without extreme pain. That was years ago, but I do not know if this is relevant or not (I also had one external hemorrhoid for a few years; I had thought it to be normal but got it treated with cream). A few weeks ago, I had trouble going to the bathroom. I did, but there were small specks of red blood and bright red blood on my toilet paper. I shrugged it off, but it happened a few days later, and then about a week ago. I haven’t had the best of diets (I am average weight but lack fiber). I decided to eat more fiber. I took Fiber Plus. The next two days I had minor bleeding similar to the first incident. Then the third day I went to the bathroom 4-6 times with considerable amounts of stool each time. The later had blood, and the second to last wasn’t stool but a big bright red drop of blood about the size of a pointer fingernail that was mucus-like. I was sore but felt better. The next two days I had no blood, though I was still sore. Then the third day I used the bathroom (yesterday), and tissue-like red/bright orange pieces were mixed in my stool (they appeared reddish in the toilet but when removed were bright orange). It did not look like “cotton candy” (which I heard means that it is cancerous), but it was solid. I believe that it is undigested fat, possibly due to a 16oz of Palmer’s Honey Roasted Peanuts that I ate in less than 12 hours plus my lack of fiber. Should I be worried?
Mon, 5 Feb 2018
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Hello dear

Warm welcome to Healthcaremagic.com
I have evaluated your query thoroughly .

* This relates to possible anal fissure or hemorrhoid issue .
* Needs clinical confirmation with procto anoscopy evaluation .
* Primary guidelines for better recovery till that part

Drink plenty of liquids .
Prefer soft , light diet with more of green leafy veg , whole grains , cereals ,
pulses , legumes , organic fresh fruits .
Avoid all types of oily , spicy , non veg , hot beverages , junk foods , dairy fat .

Manage to have smooth bowel passage with the help of bulk forming laxatives as Ispaghula husk with lukewarm drinking water .

Tab. Ibuprofen ( 400 mg ) after meals for control of pain , burning if no history of drug sensitivity .
Xylocaine ( 5 % ) jelly application over the anal part gives soothing action .

Sitz bath ( sitting in a tub filled with lukewarm water 5 minutes each 3 times a day and additionally after passing stools ) helps .

Avoid long drives , sitting prolong on hard surfaces .
Control of blood sugar , cholesterol , body weight .
Avoid smoking , alcohol if consuming .

Hope this clears your doubt .
Wishing you fine recovery .

Welcome for any further assistance .
Regards take care .

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What causes blood in stools?

Hello dear Warm welcome to Healthcaremagic.com I have evaluated your query thoroughly . * This relates to possible anal fissure or hemorrhoid issue . * Needs clinical confirmation with procto anoscopy evaluation . * Primary guidelines for better recovery till that part Drink plenty of liquids . Prefer soft , light diet with more of green leafy veg , whole grains , cereals , pulses , legumes , organic fresh fruits . Avoid all types of oily , spicy , non veg , hot beverages , junk foods , dairy fat . Manage to have smooth bowel passage with the help of bulk forming laxatives as Ispaghula husk with lukewarm drinking water . Tab. Ibuprofen ( 400 mg ) after meals for control of pain , burning if no history of drug sensitivity . Xylocaine ( 5 % ) jelly application over the anal part gives soothing action . Sitz bath ( sitting in a tub filled with lukewarm water 5 minutes each 3 times a day and additionally after passing stools ) helps . Avoid long drives , sitting prolong on hard surfaces . Control of blood sugar , cholesterol , body weight . Avoid smoking , alcohol if consuming . Hope this clears your doubt . Wishing you fine recovery . Welcome for any further assistance . Regards take care .