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A 37-year-old male asked:

Had a few red pieces in my stool this morning. no red on toilet paper or in the water. ate chili yesterday, could it just be undigested tomato/red pepper?

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Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 10 years experience
Bloody stool: If you have a lot of bloody stool, go to the emergency room. I remember a young lady coming into the emergency room with a concern for rectal bleeding; she was very anxious. Immediately after she found out that the rectal examination showed no blood she reported it was likely red pepper.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Could be: It could be chilli or tomato skins. It would be prudent to get a stool test for occult blood to rule out bleeding in intestine. Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water daily so your urine is mostly colorless, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. For nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. Get HPV and Covid vaccines. Wish you good health!
Last updated Feb 24, 2021

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