Question: I had bleeding with stools about a couple of months back. Now I use Himalaya’s Pilex but it has not shown any benefit. Can you suggest a treatment?
Answer: Bleeding from anus or rectum in medical parlance is called Hematochezia. It is usually a passage of bright red blood during defecation which occurs from the lower gastrointestinal tract. Bleeding from anus in most cases is not severe. Drops of blood may fall on pan before or after defecation or it may come along with stool. Most cases of bleeding from anus can be treated at home without hospitalization.
Even if the condition is considered to be mild, it should not be neglected as there are many different reasons and some of which are serious such as rectal cancer. Often bleeding from anus may be accompanied with pain as in case of fissure and thrombosed hemorrhoid. Chronic bleeding from anus and rectum may give rise to anemia. Patient may feel weak and lethargic if he is suffering from anemia. His skin and eyelids appear pale due to anemia.
Common Causes Of Bleeding From Anus
There are several causes of bleeding from the anus.Piles are just one of them. It could be an anal fissure or a fistula. Do you experience pain while defecating? What is the nature of bleeding? Is it fresh blood or coagulated blood? How much quantity of blood was lost? Do you see any protrusion from the anus?
The common causes of bleeding with stools are:
- Piles or hemorrhoids are the most common cause for bleeding from anus. They are dilated veins of anus and rectum. They often bleed by passage of hard stool. Small or large amount of bright red blood on the surface of stool and toilet suggests bleeding due to piles.
- Fissure: If there is severe pain after a bowel movement it suggests fissure. Painful rectal bleeding along the margin of stool is characteristic of fissure. It is often associated with piles. Fissure is present in patients suffering from chronic constipation.
- Foreign body: Anal sex and insertion of foreign body in anus may cause bleeding through anus.
- Painless bleeding in young adults with no history of constipation may suggest syphilitic lesion. It usually occurs in homosexuals.
There are several other causes of bleeding from anus such as neoplasm, amebic dysentery, ulcerative colitis, carcinoma of colon, blood disorders such as thrombocytopenia.
Home Remedies To Stop Blood In Stool
Here are some tips that can help your condition:
- Constipation is a common cause of bleeding piles. It is important that your diet include fiber rich foods like fruits, vegetables, cereals, oat, pulses, whole grain, etc. Avoid oily and spicy food, which tend to irritate the colon and aggravate your condition.
- Reduce the intake of fast and junk food, avoid too much of meat as it is difficult to digest.
- Drink lots of water. Water aids in softening the stool and reduces problems associated with constipation. You could use laxatives if you have a problem of chronic constipation.
- Avoid straining at stools under any condition. Avoid any form of strenuous work that increases your intra abdominal pressure.
- Finally, it is important that you are sure that the bleeding is due to piles. Rule out the other causes of bleeding from the anus. Fissures and fistula can develop in immune-compromised conditions and hence a thorough evaluation is critical.