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How to tell if there is blood in your stool

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Causes: Possible causes include: fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, cancer, infections or inflammation. Get evaluated if more than a one time occurence.

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valery Uhl
Radiation Oncology 36 years experience
See MD: Blood in your stool and urine is not usually normal. Please see your physician within 1-2 weeks for an evaluation.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Straining to have: A bowel movement can indeed cause bleeding from hemorrhoids or a fissure, especially if your stool is hard due to poor fiber and inadequate fluid inta... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Probably food: If you want to determine if red stuff in your stool is blood or food, when you use toilet paper to clean yourself, blood will stain the paper red, whi... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Endoscopy: If you persistently have blood in stool, doctor will likely recommend lower and upper endoscopy. Hepatitis increases the risk of cirrhosis, which can ... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Colitis: The only way to be completely sure is to do colonoscopy. Only a doc can do it. However, based on your symptoms and physical exam and some labwork, the... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
It most certainly: Could but first you need to be tested to be sure that it is actually blood. Duodenal ulcers, crohn's disease, meckel's diverticulum can all cause blee... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maria Palafox
Breast Surgery 24 years experience
Bleeding: He is likely making sure that your liver is functioning normally; the liver produces chemicals that help us clot. If the liver is not working properly... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 34 years experience
Bloody BM: Blood in your bowel movements should be characterized. Is it blood streaked. Small bowel bleeding usually causes black bowel movements unless you are ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Not normal, get help: Blood in stool is a warning sign. Brisk bleeding warrants emergency care. Causes of bleeding may be predictable (e.G rectal trauma), but evaluation is... Read More

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