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Can certain foods cause blood in your stool?

Can certain foods cause blood in your stool?

Bloody in Stool: Food in general does not cause bleeding, unless there is an extensive irritation (such as very, very spicy food), or trauma to the lining of intestine. There are however food that can mimic bleeding by affecting test that examine blood in stool. They include certain meat, beet, etc. Here is a general info on intestinal bleeding: http://www.Laendo. Net/english/gastrointestinal-bleeding. ...Read more

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Saw some red pieces in stool, food or blood?

Saw some red pieces in stool, food or blood?

Hard to know: Without knowing what you've been eating, it's impossible to say. The easiest way to tell if you have blood in your stool is to do a stool test for occult blood. You can get hemoccult stool cards from your doctor and test this. If positive, there can be multiple causes for blood in stool -- and these need to be followed up. ...Read more

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Pink spots in stool, unsure as to whether it is food related or blood?

Pink spots in stool, unsure as to whether it is food related or blood?

Pink stools: See your family Dr for stool blood testing and rectal exam with possible colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Few, red, very small pieces in stool. I can pick them out but they will disintegrate after whiping the piece several times on tp. Food or blood?

Few, red, very small pieces in stool. I can pick them out but they will disintegrate after whiping the piece several times on tp. Food or blood?

See dr if persists: Given you young age and without other symptoms like abdominal pain or mucus, I would not be concerned if those red pieces do not recur. If they do, see your clinician who can perform a guaiac test to confirm if it is blood or not. If blood, they can perform additional tests or referral to determine cause. ...Read more

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How do you know if there is blood in your stool? There were small, bright red flecks but didn't know if it was blood or food.

Depends: It could be something you ate like beets for example but if not sure this should at least be discussed with your doctor. Often bright red blood can just be something benign like hemorrhoids but it can also be something more serious especially if it persists or worsens. If you haven't seen your doctor at least once I would do so now to be sure. ...Read more

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I saw blood was present in my stool. Should I be worried? I ate some spicy food today. This is the first time I'm noticing it.

I saw blood was present in my stool. Should I be worried? I ate some spicy food today. This is the first time I'm noticing it.

Please see physician: To test if you really have blood in stool or just red color stool. Blood in stool is not normal and needs evaluation ...Read more

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Is a Trace of blood in a stool from GP labtest in the Range of normal? Or should it be followed up with a FOB Test? Which food medications to Avoid?

Is a Trace of blood in a stool from GP labtest in the Range of
normal? Or should it be followed up
with a FOB Test? Which food medications
to Avoid?

Blood in stool : A trace of blood in the stool is never normal. There can be many causes of blood in the stool, but it is important, especially in your 40s and 50s, to have your G.I. tract evaluated anytime even a trace of blood is found, even if it is only one test. You should see a gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is black stool always blood, or could some foods or drinks cause it?

Is black stool always blood, or could some foods or drinks cause it?

Iron, petobismol: It is reasonable to see a doctor who can check the stool for blood, or give you special cards to collect the stool for a test. ...Read more

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Will eating spicy food cause blood to appear in the stool? Also, stinging sensation maybe from overly spicy food that has come out?

Will eating spicy food cause blood to appear in the stool? Also, stinging sensation maybe from overly spicy food that has come out?

No and yes.: Spicy food may cause burning of the anal sphincter but does not cause blood. That is much more likely to come from a hemorrhoid, diverticulus or inflammatory disease. ...Read more

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My toddler has black flecks or dots in stool sometimes. Should I worry about blood or is it probably food he ate like raisins, etc?

My toddler has black flecks or dots in stool sometimes. Should I worry about blood or is it probably food he ate like raisins, etc?

Stool flecks: Most likely it is something he ate and you are just seeing the "leftovers". If you are worried you can bring in a diaper an have your pediatrician test it. ...Read more

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Small red pieces in stool that can be picked out but will dissolve after rubbing them with qtip. I eat tomatoes a lot. Food or blood?

Small red pieces in stool that can be picked out but will dissolve after rubbing them with qtip. I eat tomatoes a lot. Food or blood?

Red in Stool: Most likely pieces of tomato. If you are really concerned lab test can determine if this is blood. Simple test done in most doctors offices. ...Read more

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I found a very small patch blood in my stool. It was bright and mixed in. It was on the outer part. I have no symptoms of anything. No red food.

I found a very small patch blood in my stool. It was bright and mixed in. It was on the outer part. I have no symptoms of anything. No red food.

Bright red blood: Bright red blood in stool can be from several sources. You could have either an internal or external hemorrhoid. There are several conditions in the colon itself that can cause this as well. Most of these need to be evaluated by your doctor. We always get concerned when there is no pain associated with the bleeding or a family history of colon cancers. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Black tarry fowl smelling stool. No sign of blood No food for 7days and little to none water for 7 days,. Loss of 9lbs. Little to none urine output?

Black tarry fowl smelling stool. No sign of blood No food for 7days and little to none water for 7 days,. Loss of 9lbs. Little to none urine output?

See doctor: Why aren't you eating or drinking? You are probably very dehydrated at this point and need urgent medical attention. Black tarry stool can be a sign of gastrointestinal bleed even if you see no bright red blood. Seek help immediately. ...Read more

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Would parasites or worms be obvious in 2 year olds stool? Sometimes I find thread like pieces. Is it food? Would they move? Blood? Any other symptoms?

Usually not obvious: Pinworms are fairly common in this age group. They are small white worms that come out of the anus at night. .
If you suspect piworms wait until dark when the child is asleep. Then take a flashlight and check your child's anal area. If you see small thread like wiggleing white things, call your doctor. This not an emergency but as a parent it is upsetting. ...Read more

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Every time I eat chipotle, or other spicy foods, I find blood in my stool. How can I enjoy my favorite spicy foods without rectal pain?

Need evaluation: If you have persistent or recurrent blood with bowel movements this should be evaluated. Most of the time espiecially in a young person this is due to a benign cause such as hemorrhoids or an anal fissure, and the cause can frequently be found and treated with a simple office visit with anoscopy... See your doc or a colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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I am a 24-year male from India. From last month I am passing semi-solid stools with undigested food. Recurrent anal pain for a year. No blood.

I am a 24-year male from India. From last month I am passing semi-solid stools with undigested food. Recurrent anal pain for a year. No blood.

Get it checked out: Difficult to determine without an exam — you should see your doctor and possibly get a rectal exam and stool test to make sure everything is ok. ...Read more

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My doctor has requested for a stool sample. Is it ok for stools to contain blood and undigested food particles? Can that affect the stool testing?

My doctor has requested for a stool sample. Is it ok for stools to contain blood and undigested food particles? Can that affect the stool testing?

Not normal: It is not normal for the stool to contain blood. If it does, that may be part of the testing that was ordered to determine if there is blood in the stool. Do all the tests the doctor ordered and review the results with the doctor. ...Read more

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Could you pick blood out of stool/would it be little pieces or would you think that's food? I eat tomatoes a lot. What would blood in stool look like

Could you pick blood out of stool/would it be little pieces or would you think that's food? I eat tomatoes a lot. What would blood in stool look like

Various colors: Make sure by doing a hemocult test. It depends on where the blood originates, what the color is. if you are hemocult positive, you may need a colonoscopy. Hopefully it is just your diet. All the best ...Read more

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Bright red piece in/on stool. Neither toilet water nor paper was red. What are the chances this could be blood? Could it possibly be "skin" from food?

Bright red piece in/on stool. Neither toilet water nor paper was red. What are the chances this could be blood? Could it possibly be "skin" from food?

Needs evaluation pls: 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 always appropriate. A rule of thumb (but not absolute): black stool means bleeding comes from upper GI tract; grape jelly stool from small bowel; silver stool from biliary tree; burgundy stool from right colon; red blood from left colon to anus. ...Read more

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I noticed a flat brown disc shaped form, with a center, like sunny side egg. 1/2 in" — not food, and also red blood and mucus in my stool. What is it?

I noticed a flat brown disc shaped form, with a center, like sunny side egg. 1/2 in" — not food, and also red blood and mucus in my stool. What is it?

Hard to say: If you have saved it take it into your doctor's office for pathology. Have your doctor examine the area. It may have been a polyp. Arrange to see a GI specialist to look at your colon. All the best. ...Read more

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Would blood in stool present as solid, light red, very small pieces that you can pick out? Or would you think food?

Would blood in stool present as solid, light red, very small pieces that you can pick out? Or would you think food?

That's food: Blood appears as bright red or black. The latter is transformed blood high up in GI tract that has reached the distal bowel. Bright red blood is from an actively bleeding site such as a fissure, internal hemorrhoid or from a colonic lesion in the distal left colon above rectum that has bleed due to irritation from formed stool. Light red pieces are from injested material. ...Read more

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I have had very loose stools for 2 weeks with right abdo discomfort. Off my food. Bloods ok, stool results normal. Scan nxt wk. advice? Cancer?

I have had very loose stools for 2 weeks with right abdo discomfort. Off my food. Bloods ok, stool results normal. Scan nxt wk. advice? Cancer?

Get scan - see doc.: Lots of things can cause this. Cancer does not jump to the top of my mind especially if there was no blood in your stool. One must certainly consider many other things. I suspect your doc is on top of this. I assume that your stool was checked for all the right things...... Endoscopy may be in your future. ...Read more

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My boyfriend gets blood in his stool after eating tomato based foods such as spaghetti sauce or tomato soup. Is there anything that can be done?

My boyfriend gets blood in his stool after eating tomato based foods such as spaghetti sauce or tomato soup. Is there anything that can be done?

Food in stool: Boyfriend is likely seeing red from the tomato sauce and tomato bits that are in the stool. If it occurs when he is not having spaghetti sauce and tomatoes then he should see a doctor and check it out. If it is inside the stool then it is probably bleeding from the intestine. If blood is outside the stool and around it is likely from hemorrhoids. Ask pharmacist for card to test stool for blood. ...Read more

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I had bloody stools for a week now the blood has stopped and when I eat even a bit of food I have diareha that's bright yellow and look like jelly?

I had bloody stools for a week now the blood has stopped and when I eat even a bit of food I have diareha that's bright yellow and look like jelly?

Blood in stool: Abnormal and concerning for rectal or colon cancer. Diarrhea is also abnormal, but it is most likely infection. Other possibilities are ulcerative or Crohn's colitis, diverticulitis, or ischemic colitis. You must see a doctor for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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