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Black or Bloody Stools


This may be caused by a number of things. Medicines and foods such as iron pills, or iron-rich foods like spinach can cause stools to temporarily turn black. In some cases, stools which are black or bloody are sign of more serious problem. If it seem to be serious, call the doctor.

Hemorrhoids :

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the anal canal and lower rectum are a common cause of pain, itching, and rectal bleeding, especially during bowel movements. People with hemorrhoids may notice bright red blood on the toilet tissue or on the stool itself. This can be treated with self-care.

Symptoms of bloody stools accompanied by fever and weight loss or lower abdominal pain can indicate a more serious problem. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, consult the doctor.

Signs and Symptoms :

Bright red rectal bleeding and abdominal pain, fever, changes in bowel habits, or recent weight loss.
Red blood in the stool of a person taking a blood thinner (anticoagulant).
Sudden onset of heavy, continuous, bright red rectal bleeding or black, tarry stools and dizziness.
Symptoms last longer than 24 hours.
Symptoms of hemorrhoids.

Black or Bloody stools self care :

Avoid nonsteroidal anti- inflammatory pain relievers. Because they may cause intestinal irritation and bleeding.

To avoid constipation that can irritate hemorrhoids :

Use a stool softener.
Drink at least six to eight glasses of water each day.
Eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and fiber.

To relieve hemorrhoid symptoms :

Use an over-the-counter rectal ointment.
Soak in a tub of warm water for 10 to 15 minutes three times a day to help relieve pain and to clean and heal the area.
Apply Tucks pads to the rectal area twice a day and after bowel movements.
Take acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tempra, or a generic) for pain relief. Do not take aspirin, which may make bleeding worse.


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