Should I Be Worried About Rectal Bleeding?

Published June 26, 2023 by

Any bleeding should be a concern and should never be ignored. How serious it might be is a different matter. We will list less serious and common types of bleeding, those of more concern, and when you should see a gastroenterologist at GI Solutions immediately.

Seeing Redperson experiencing rectal bleeding.

The first time you see blood on your toilet paper, in the toilet bowl, on your underwear, or in your stool can be quite alarming. Knowing what to do and when to do it can be tricky. If you already know you have hemorrhoids, you will not pay much attention unless the amount is more than normal.

Sometimes you may see dark red, maroon, black, or tarry stool which indicates blood. If it goes away quickly, there is usually no reason for concern. If it becomes heavy or frequent, you should schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist in Chicago.

Common Reasons For Rectal Bleeding

Some rectal bleeding is due to minor issues and is easy to treat, or it goes away on its own. Some common reasons for seeing red include the following:

  • Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your rectum or anus.
  • Anal fissures are splits or tears in the skin around your anus resulting from passing hard stool.
  • Anal abscesses or fistulas are small glands in the anus which help us to pass stool. They can become infected and be a result of inflammatory bowel disease, TB, or radiation treatments.
  • Diverticulitis and diverticulosis are pouches in the intestines that can cause bleeding.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is the swelling of the small or large intestine.
  • Ulcers are a result of digestive fluids out of balance causing damage to the lining of the digestive tract.
  • Polyps can become cancerous.

Although all of these issues can cause bleeding, some are more serious than others and should be checked out by a gastroenterologist. If you develop a fast heart rate, are not able to urinate, have a drop in blood pressure, or feel lightheaded, do not wait to see medical care.

Any bleeding that lasts longer than a day or two should be evaluated immediately as it could indicate a more serious condition.

Contact GI Solutions at (773) 631-2728 if you’re experiencing any rectal bleeding that lasts longer than a few days.


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