health conditions


Question by  joco123 (9)

What should I do if I see blood in a bowel movement?

Should I go to the doctor?


Answer by  patti (29325)

A bit of red blood in the stool is caused by bleeding very low in the rectum or around the anus. This can be due to straining, constitipation or hemorrhoids. Bleeding higher in the intestinal track does not appear red in the stool but rather looks like tar, due to the digestive process.


Answer by  boblack (22)

If you see blood in your bowl movement this can by a symptom of a serious medical condition. Blood in your stool can be caused by many things such as constipation, medication, stress, colon cancer/blockage or a horrible diet. Only a doctor can tell you what to do. In the meanwhile you can should get more fiber in your diet.


Answer by  countrygal (164)

Yes please see your Doctor. It could be hemmorrhoids or something more serious. Your Doctor will prescribe the tests to find out the reason and let you know the results.


Answer by  Lornah (282)

Yes. Blood in the bowel is an indication of a ruptured lining of one or some parts of the digestive system.


Answer by  Mally (27)

Yes, go see your doctor immediately. Blood in stool is an indication of an intestinal problem or possibly something worse. Check with your doctor. They'll probably just take a sample and test it. Also, note if you've had any abdominal pain or if you've eaten anything strange that caused problems.


Answer by  yurika (137)

Sometimes blood in the stool can be due to a minor tear in the tissue. If there was a strain when releasing the bowel movement, you could need more fiber


Answer by  SashaDarkCloud (5764)

I would say that going to the doctor would be your safest bet, since you don't know if you ruptured your anus in any way while you were pooing of if you are bleeding internally. Though if you know that you were really constipated and finally let it all out, then you will heal in a few days.


Answer by  sarah1967 (626)

Having blood in your stool does not necessarily mean that something is terribly wrong. If you are constipated and having trouble using the bathroom this could cause a little bleeding.If you have a lot of blood then it could be a more serious problem and you should see a doctor.


Answer by  flamiss22 (5081)

If it is just a one time event and you are in good health then probably not. But if it recurring by all means get it checked asap.


Answer by  elynne (1153)

It depends. Is it bright red blood or very dark almost tarry in color. And how much is there. Small amount, red--probably hemmorids. Large amount (either color), See doctor ASAP


Answer by  guyver3869 (449)

Blood in stool is normal to some degree. It really depends on whether its everytime you have a bowel movement, are you constipated, engaging in anal sex, etc. If this is the first time you have seen it, then wait a couple of days and see if the results are the same. If it continues seek medical attention

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