What does blood in my poo mean?
It happens… you go to the loo as per normal and whilst wiping your bottom you notice some blood in your poo. It could be a sign of many things; it’s important not to ignore it and, yes, it needs further investigation but first of all don’t panic.
So what does blood in my poo mean?
At a superficial level it could be a burst haemorrhoid (pile) or skin irritation (a sort of eczema). It could be a small cut or split in your skin around the anus (an anal fissure), but it can also mean a variety of other things indicating a potential bleed somewhere in your digestive system. Often you will see bright red blood on your tissue paper or in the toilet bowl following a bowel movement; however, if you see black and tarry poo this would indicate the bleed is based higher in the digestive tract.
What causes blood in poo?
- A small cut in the tissue of the anus (similar to how our lips crack when they are dry) this is also known as anal fissure.
- A burst haemorrhoid (pile) which can happen when you’re straining over a poo on the toilet.
- Small pouches which develop on the walls of our large intestine. This is also known as Diverticulosis.
- Inflammation of the colon which is normally a symptom of infectious or inflammatory bowel disease.
- Abnormal fragile blood vessels can lead to bleeding. This is commonly known as Angiodysplasia.
- An open sore in the lining of the stomach. Peptic ulcers are usually caused by an infection. Long users of anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen which cause ulcers.
- A viral or bacterial infection in the stomach or bowel can cause diarrhoea that contains blood and mucus as well as vomiting and stomach cramps. Commonly known as Gastroenteritis.
- Polyps in your colon. Polyps are benign growths which can grow on your colon, they can bleed and with time can become cancerous.
If you have experienced any of the above symptoms it’s important to get checked out as soon as possible. At Baddow Hospital we work with consultant surgeon Mr Toby Hammond, a very experienced General Surgeon with a particular specialism in colorectal issues (all things bottoms and your bowels!)
Make your appointment today by calling our friendly and helpful team on 01245 474070 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org