10 Causes of Blood in Stool (Pooping Blood)

Causes of Blood in Stool (Pooping Blood)
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How to Prevent Rectal Bleeding

Hematochezia (or rectal bleeding) is a medical term used by doctors to refer to the presence of fresh blood when passing out feces or stools. It is also specifically called rectal bleeding considering that the rectum just lies above the anus which is very likely the source of bleeding. Common causes include anal fissure, chronic constipation, hard stools, and hemorrhoids.

It is easy to tell you are experiencing rectal bleeding just by the presence of blood during a bowel movement, either in the stool, toilet paper, or toilet bowl.

Since prevention is better than cure, consider the following methods you can use to avoid any possible suffering brought by rectal bleeding:

Water is the best cure. Drink as many water as you can. It will help soften your feces and hasten the healing process. To check if you are taking enough water, calculate your weight in pounds and divide it by two. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, you need 70 ounces of water per day.

More fruits and vegetables, less meat and junk foods. Fruits and vegetables contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Meat and junk foods are harder to digest which can cause indigestion.

Practice good bowel hygiene. After using the toilet, make sure to clean your anus very well. Otherwise, you are encouraging the development of infection due to multiplying bacteria.

Be gentle. Wipe your anus cleanly similar to how you carefully wipe your face. In short, also take utmost care of the area. If the anus starts to feel irritating, use water-soaked cotton balls to cleanse it followed by gentle strokes of dry cloth.

Do not use scented toilet paper and scented soaps. It can cause irritation to the skin.

Don’t keep yourself on the toilet for a long period. Avoid using the place as an entertainment area where you make use of your phone watching or surfing the net. Wash as soon as you’re done defecating.

No to foods that causes rectal problems. Examples of such foods are coffee, alcoholic beverages, dairy products, and cola.

Follow a high-fiber diet. Fiber is responsible for moving foods with ease through the digestive tract and drawing fluids from the body to soften the feces. Go after avocados, Asian pears, berries, coconut, figs, peas, okra, acorn squash, turnips, black beans, lima beans, nuts, and all the other high fiber foods.

If you feel the urge to defecate, don’t delay. Do not postpone passing stools for it can harden in time and make it more difficult to pass.

Go for natural supplements. For example, pantothenic acid or Vitamin B5 for energy production, regulation of metabolism and blood flow; aloe vera which is a hydrating supplement that softens the stool, which also relieves inflammation to prevent further damage; and flaxseed (which contains omega-3 fats, lignans, and fiber) to hydrate the system, remove toxin, and regulate bowel movements.

Always love your health! The best approach of prevention is to practice healthy lifestyle. Little by little, develop a habit of following the methods mentioned above.

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About the Author:

Melissa Gomez, RN, MSN is a board certified nurse and has been a contributing writer for the past five years. Ms. Gomez has a special focus on platelet-related illness prevention and health promotion.

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