DO I NEED TO WORRY ABOUT BLOOD IN THE STOOL? (RECTAL BLEEDING)
DO I NEED TO WORRY ABOUT BLOOD IN THE STOOL? (RECTAL BLEEDING) When anyone notices blood in the toilet, it brings panic and fear in most people’s minds. It is rightly so. But we need to understand that most of them do not suffer from the dreaded colorectal cancer. What are the causes of rectal bleeding? What are its likely symptoms?
- Piles (hemorrhoids): Painless, recurrent, may be associated with constipation, usually self-limiting, lasting a few days, like a splash on a pan (separate blog)
- Fissure: Painful, few drops, few days
- Diverticular: Painless, large quantity, self-limiting
- Colorectal cancer: Few little but persistent, associated with other symptoms (separate blog), mixed with stool
- Inflammatory bowel disease: Long standing, loose motion, slime/jelly
- Infective colitis: Few days of loose motion and vomiting, settles when infection subsides
- Everyone is born with piles and dies with piles. It’s a normal part of the body
- They will never cause cancer or turn into one.
- Piles almost never cause pain.
- Most times, it is self-limiting
- It is usually aggravated by constipation