Rectal bleeding is a very common symptom of hemorrhoids, but it can also indicate a far more serious medical condition, such as colon cancer. As such, it’s very important to have rectal bleeding checked out by a professional. Expert gastroenterologists Bharat Sanghavi, MD, Moushumi Sanghavi, MD, and Samantha Nazareth, MD, at Gastroenterology on Gramercy Park in New York City, can review your symptoms and help identify if your bleeding is a major concern. If you’re experiencing rectal bleeding, call or schedule your consultation online today.
Rectal bleeding refers to any bleeding produced from the rectum, typically during the passing of stool. Blood from the rectum commonly appears as very bright red and might turn your stool a maroon color. Bleeding that occurs further up in your gastrointestinal tract will appear darker in color, resulting in blackened stools and can indicate a more serious medical problem.
There are generally two categories regarding rectal bleeding: less and more serious.
The less serious causes of rectal bleeding stem from injuries incurred during bowel movements. These can include anal fissures or tears brought on by constipation. Hemorrhoids are another common cause of benign rectal bleeding. They can rupture as you pass a stool and cause blood to flow.
More serious causes of rectal bleeding include medical conditions that often affect the colon. These can include anal or colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis, and colitis.
If you’ve had recent constipation or hemorrhoids and have also been experiencing rectal bleeding, you probably don’t have a reason for concern, particularly if you’re under the age of 40. However, if the bleeding lasts for a few days or is in large quantity, you should set up an appointment with Gastroenterology on Gramercy Park for a diagnosis.
If your rectal bleeding is occurring alongside other symptoms such as nausea, fainting, shallow breathing, dizziness, or clammy and pale skin, you should seek medical attention right away.
How your doctor at Gastroenterology on Gramercy Park will treat your rectal bleeding depending on the underlying cause. In many cases, your provider will want to perform a colonoscopy to take a look at the inside of your colon. This procedure will allow your provider to check for abnormal growths or inflammation in your colon.
For some causes of rectal bleeding such as hemorrhoids or fissures, simple measures such as increased fiber intake, topical treatments, pain relievers, or warm baths can help the area heal.
Other causes of rectal bleeding might require more in-depth treatment, such as surgery or chemotherapy.
If you’re experiencing regular rectal bleeding, don’t let embarrassment stop you from receiving the care you need. Call Gastroenterology on Gramercy Park or schedule your consultation online.