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What could cause fresh blood on toilet paper and in the stool

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What could cause fresh blood on toilet paper and in the stool water after a bowel movement? Just suddenly there without any cramps etc. but not happen all of a sudden.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.
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This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist.
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Blood on the toilet paper and the bowl suggest hemorrhoid related bleeding commonly.
Internal hemorrhoids can be painless and not visible from outside.
Other possibilities include diverticulosis, inflammatory bowel disease, polyps.
These condition usually cause persistent bleeding and other symptoms.
So, if this continues more than 3 days, you need to see your doctor and probably will need colonoscopy.
Otherwise, this is not concerning.
High fiber diet, fluids, a stool softener like metamucil daily will prevent any future hemorrhoid related bleeding.
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