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i have some small red blood in my stools . comes and goes like

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i have some small red blood in my stools . comes and goes like twice a month, what can i do to stop this?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Lori replied 3 years ago.
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Dr. Lori :

Hi there- How long has this gone on? Do you gt abdominal pain ever?

Dr. Lori :

Is the blood mixed with stool or in the bowl water?

Dr. Lori :

What is your regular stool pattern?

Dr. Lori :

How often do you go, and is stool hard ever?

Dr. Lori :

I'll give you time to catch up!

Customer :

not mixed in stool. it is a some little stripsof blood in a stool. sometimes i feel abonominal pain when stooling but not all times

Dr. Lori :

Do you have constipation or hard stools?

Dr. Lori :

Any other medical problems/medications?

Customer :

sometimes. when i have hard stools blood comes. I have used stoolsofteners to avoid it

Customer :

no, never

Dr. Lori :

OK-

Dr. Lori :

What you are describing could very well be from a hemmorhoid

Dr. Lori :

Do you feel any bumps near your anus?

Customer :

no

Dr. Lori :

OK-

Dr. Lori :

The possibilities can be a lot of things, but common things are common- so-

Dr. Lori :

If you have constipation and strain at times, you can easily have developed a hemmorhoid, on the inside or outside of rectum (which you may not feel)

Customer :

so if i have hemmorhoid, what can i do?

Dr. Lori :

the other possibility is if you have a bigger harder stool, you can cause a small sin tear which will bleed near the anus

Dr. Lori :

skintear

Customer :

how do you heal a skin tear?

Dr. Lori :

I don't think anything else ominous is goingon, but of course, you are best covered if some can look at your rectum- look for hemmorhoids and tears etc.

Dr. Lori :

The key would be to keep stool soft and regular so you don't strain a lot.

Dr. Lori :

I recommend Colace 100mg 2 in AM, and Senna 8.6 mg 2 in PM

Dr. Lori :

Most skin tears (fissures they are called) heal on their own

Customer :

Would i take stool softeners for more than a month?

Dr. Lori :

For treatment of both tear and hemmorhoid possibility, Preperation H Topical cream will make both better

Dr. Lori :

If the hemmorhoid is on the inside, though, you need to put suppositoriesin

Dr. Lori :

Ideally, only to control this initially, but regulating your stool by increasing fiber more will be the key to stopping meds

Dr. Lori :

So , yep, fruit, but you also can get Metamucl tabs or wafers

Dr. Lori :

More veggies, read fiber content of everything and pick higher fiber foods (grain bread, cereals, etc)

Dr. Lori :

Of course drink 8 glasses + of water a day

Customer :

i will embark on grains

Dr. Lori :

And- if it continues, or bleeding increase- you MUST be seen

Dr. Lori :

I can't be certain you don't have a bleeding polyp in your colon, or something else higher up

Customer :

ok lt me try the advice and if it countinues i will see a doctor

Dr. Lori :

Most docs will treat you as above, and see if bleeding resolves

Dr. Lori :

If not, the they should do a colonoscopy to look inside

Dr. Lori :

My hunch is , this is all related to hard stools, you agree?

Dr. Lori :

Just to make sure- No colon cancer in family?

Dr. Lori :

And- you don't drink alcohol in excess?

Dr. Lori :

Just being safe

Customer :

yeah this is because of hard stools only, when i have soft stolls i have no problems. I GAVE NO HISTORY OF FAMILY CANCER. I NEVER DRINK.

Dr. Lori :

Do you have any other questions for me?

Customer :

NO, THANKS FOR YOUR INFORMATIONS, DO THE MEDS YOU MENTIONED ABOVE NEED RESCRIPTION OR THEY CAN BE GOTTEN OVER THE COUNTER

Dr. Lori :

good....so you are low risk for any bad problems

Dr. Lori :

all are over the counter

Customer :

OK THANKS VERY MUCH

Dr. Lori :

Any problems, feel free to come back to this question to ask me....

Dr. Lori :

You are very welcome- and no worries- this is VERY common

Dr. Lori :

If you can, please respond with positive feedback for me, I would appreciate it!!!!!!!!

Customer :

sure i will. bye bye

Dr. Lori :

Have a good day!

Customer :

you too.

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Experience: 13 yrs+ in full scope Family Practice.Extensive experience w/ chronic diseases.
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