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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Blood in the stool


Blood in the stool, also known as rectal bleeding, can be a cause for concern as it can be a symptom of a number of underlying health conditions. Blood in the stool can appear as bright red blood in the toilet bowl, or it can be found mixed in with the stool itself.


Some common causes of rectal bleeding include:

  • Hemorrhoids: swollen veins in the rectum or anus that can bleed when irritated or strained.

  • Anal fissures: small tears in the skin around the anus that can cause pain and bleeding.

  • Diverticulitis: small pouches in the colon that can become infected and bleed.

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): conditions such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis that can cause inflammation and bleeding in the intestinal tract.

  • Colon cancer: a serious condition that can cause rectal bleeding as well as other symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

  • Recent fevers and infections



If you have rectal bleeding, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will perform a physical examination and may order tests such as a colonoscopy or stool sample to help determine the cause.


Depending on the cause of the rectal bleeding, treatment options may include taking medication, making dietary changes, or undergoing surgery. In some cases, no specific treatment may be necessary and the bleeding will resolve on its own.


To prevent rectal bleeding, it's important to maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Regular exercise, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption and having regular check-ups with the doctor is also recommended.


Natural Home Remedies for "Blood in the Stool"


It's important to note that rectal bleeding can be a symptom of a serious condition, so it's important to seek medical attention if you experience blood in your stool. Your doctor will work with you to find the underlying cause and develop a treatment plan that is appropriate for you.


With that being said, there are some natural home remedies that may provide symptomatic relief from rectal bleeding:

  1. Fiber-rich diet: Eating a diet high in fiber can help prevent constipation and reduce the risk of hemorrhoids, which can cause rectal bleeding. Foods that are high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.

  2. Hydration: Drinking plenty of water and other fluids can help keep the stools soft and reduce the risk of constipation, which can cause rectal bleeding.

  3. Witch hazel: Witch hazel is an astringent that can help reduce inflammation and bleeding caused by hemorrhoids. You can apply a small amount of witch hazel to the affected area with a cotton ball or pad.

  4. Aloe vera: Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pain and bleeding caused by hemorrhoids. You can apply a small amount of aloe vera gel to the affected area or take an aloe vera supplement.

  5. Ice pack: Applying an ice pack to the affected area can help reduce pain and inflammation caused by hemorrhoids.

  6. Sitz bath: Taking a warm sitz bath can help reduce inflammation and pain caused by hemorrhoids.

  7. Avoiding spicy foods: Spicy foods can irritate the rectum and anus and make rectal bleeding worse, so it's best to avoid them if you have hemorrhoids


Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist


Kify Hospital

Danavaipeta

Rajahmundry

Phone : 85000 23456

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