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Anal Bleeding


Anal Bleeding: Anal Bleeding (rectal bleeding) can refer to any blood that passes from your anus, although it usually refers to bleeding from the lower colon or rectum. Anal bleeding may show up as blood in your stool, on the toilet paper or in the toilet bowl. Blood that results from anal bleeding can range from bright red to dark maroon. Rectal bleeding may occur for many reasons including constipation and hemorrhoids, however, do not try to diagnose yourself, and always see your GP for a proper diagnosis.

In general, bright-red blood means the bleeding has come from somewhere near your anus.
 
If the blood is darker in colour and sticky, the bleeding may have occurred higher up your digestive system. This type of bleeding can turn your faeces black or plum-coloured (known as melaena).
 
Having plum-coloured, dark and sticky faeces may be a medical emergency – you should see your doctor immediately or contact the Emergency Services.

Don't let embarrassment stop you seeing your doctor. You should always get anal bleeding checked to rule out more serious causes.

RECTAL BLEEDING

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies
    


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