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I recently had the stomach flu and had blood in stool. Went to ER said it will go away. I still see spots of blood in stool. Its been 7 days. Normal?

I recently had the stomach flu and had blood in stool. Went to ER said it will go away. I still see spots of blood in stool. Its been 7 days. Normal?

Not normal: It is never normal to have blood in your stools. That said, it doesn't mean it has to be due to something serious as hemorrhoids are both common & a common cause of blood in stool. Blood in the stool should be evaluated. If bright red or maroon then a lower GI tract scope (colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, proctoscopy) is first step. If black bloody stool then upper scope indicated. See a GI doctor. ...Read more

Dr. K. Mujib Haque
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Gastrointestinal Bleeding (Definition)

A long tube runs from the mouth to the anus. It includes, in order, the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, ileus), caecum, the ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid colon (or large intestine) and the rectum. The space inside that tube , the lumen, is considered to be outside of the body. When we bleed into that space ...Read more


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How long does blood in stool associated with volvulus last?

How long does blood in stool associated with volvulus last?

Not long: After the volvulus is corrected, the bleeding may last up to a week. ...Read more

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How long does blood in stool associated with intussusception last?

How long does blood in stool associated with intussusception last?

Less than a week: Depends on how severe the intussusception was. Usually after successful radiographic reduction, blood in the stool should resolve within a week. If there is persistent lower GI bleeding, then need to consider other causes (eg polyps, meckel diverticulum, etc) that could account for both problems. ...Read more

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Blood in stool since last five days.

Blood in stool since last five days.

Colonoscopy: You may need colonoscoy to find cause of bleeding,probably could be hemorrhoid. ...Read more

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Need help for intestinal problem - blood in stool from last 2 month?

Need help for intestinal problem - blood in stool from last 2 month?

You need exam: Yes, you do. Constant rectal bleeding may be a sign of serious problem. See a surgeon or gastroenterologist for lower endoscopy. You probably need iron supplement by now too. ...Read more

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Ive felt "something" under skin along right innerbutt cheek approx 2inches long and quite narrow for 2-3 weeks. Now I have bright red blood in stool.

Ive felt "something" under skin along right innerbutt cheek approx 2inches long and quite narrow for 2-3 weeks. Now I have bright red blood in stool.

Medical Examination: You need to have a doctor check and examine you. That is the only way to find out if it is something benign(like hemorrhoids) or it can even be cancerous..Only a doctor's examination can help you to sort it out. Do not ignore or delay this examination....it can be something serious and prove dangerous to your life. ...Read more

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Random black tar stool 3 weeks. Night sweats last night today a lot of blood in stool. Is this emergency or can it wait 5 days for dr. Appt?

Random black tar stool 3 weeks. Night sweats last night today a lot of blood in stool.  Is this emergency or can it wait 5 days for dr. Appt?

Emergency: Black and tarry stool for 3 weeks and today with a lot of fresh blood in stools indicates that you are most likely having GI (gastrointestinal) bleeding. I urge you to go to the er immediately for evaluation since GI bleeding can be severe and serious. All the best, hk. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have colitis i only had mucus last week blood in stool dry stool no symptoms or pain i'm a hypochondria dr and nurse say i'm crazy?

How to tell if I have colitis i only had mucus last week blood in stool dry stool no symptoms or pain i'm a hypochondria dr and nurse say i'm crazy?

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, they can tell you with some probability whether it is one or another disease. ...Read more

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I went to dr that gave me my colon test 3 yrs ago for fresh blood in stool he was fairly sure it was a internal hemorriod how long can hemorriod bleed?

I went to dr that gave me my colon test 3 yrs ago for fresh blood in stool he was fairly sure it was a internal hemorriod how long can hemorriod bleed?

Bleeding hemorrhoid: Hemorrhoids can bleed as long as they are being irritated/abraded by hard stools or frequent stools or straining to have a bowel movement. Use stool softener (not laxative) &/or increased dietary fiber or fiber supplement with plenty of fluid. Use otc hemorrhoid preps to help shrink & calm inflammation of hemorrhoids. If bleeding persists, see doc again. ...Read more

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What can cause on and off belly pains that has lasted a few months and bright red blood in stool on and off in a child?

What can cause on and off belly pains that has lasted a few months and bright red blood in stool on and off in a child?

Anal fissure/polyp: Anal fissure from constipation is most likely the cause and treated easily. Occasionally a child may have a juvenile polyp and it bleeds as it is trying to fall off. Would treat constipation first and if still occurs, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Bloody Or Red Colored Stools (Definition)

Blood in the stool of babies is always a concern and should be investigated. Some of the causes include food allergies, infection of the bowels (bacterial gastroenteritis), anal fissure, and rarely, intussusception. ...Read more