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ask: Bal movement issues.

By Anonymous

Whenever I wipe after having a bal movement there is blood on the toilet paper. What could be causing this? I feel a little pain while I am having one, but nothing to intense.

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Rosa Cabrera RN

Dear Anon,

Do you have any other symptoms? Do you see blood in your stool or just when you wipe? If your symptoms only include some pain and blood when you wipe then these may be hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in and around the anus and lower rectum. They stretch under pressure and are similar to varicose veins in the legs an are either internal or external.

Internal hemorrhoids cannot be seen or felt to the touch but are painful when you have a bowel movement. External hemorrhoids can be seen and felt because they protrude on the skin outside the anus, when straining to go to the bathroom external hemorrhoids break.

Although some blood from hemorrhoids may be seen on the actual stool, most of the time you'll find it in the toilet bowl, on your toilet paper, and occasionally on the stool itself, though it obviously looks like its not coming from your intestine but rather your anus.

Treatment includes:
* Sitz baths—sitting in plain, warm water two to three times a day for about 10 minutes each time
* Ice packs—putting cold packs on the anus for short durations to relieve pain and swelling
* Medication—applying hemorrhoidal creams or suppositories to the affected area
* High-fiber diet—Eating more whole fresh fruit, raw, or cooked vegetables, and whole grains has been consistently shown to reduce symptoms of hemorrhoids, including bleeding. Also, if you enjoy spicy foods, you can continue eating them. Studies have shown that they do not worsen hemorrhoidal symptoms.
* Fluids—drinking six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of nonalcoholic fluids daily to soften stools

For more reading on hemorrhoids, please visit:http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/hemorrhoids#causes

I hope this helps-- all the best!

February 23, 2010 - 4:55am
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