10 Causes of Bloody Stool

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Blood in the stool can be a disturbing discovery, with several concerning medical conditions including bloody stool as a symptom. Some of these conditions may be minor while others can be more serious. Blood in the stool often originates with diseases of the lower digestive tract.

When an individual experiences bloody stool, it is important to see a doctor for an evaluation as soon as possible. The patient’s medical history, a physical examination, and diagnostic tests can help the health care provider determine the symptom’s cause and possible treatment options.

1. Anal Fissures

An anal fissure or tear in the skin around the anus can be a reason for blood in the stool.1‘Rectal Bleeding: Causes, Colors, Tests & When To Call The Doctor.’ Cleveland Clinic, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/symptoms/14612-rectal-bleeding. Anal fissures are not unusual and can occur in people of any age. Anal fissures can occur when hard stool exerts extra pressure on the anal area during a bowel movement.

The pressure from bowel movements can cause the skin around the anus to stretch and split. The tear in the skin causes a burning sensation during bowel movements and bloody stool. While they are painful when they happen, and the blood can be alarming, anal fissures typically heal over time.

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