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How to know if you have blood in your stool (and what to do)

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How to know if you have blood in your stool (and what to do)
How to know if you have blood in your stool (and what to do)

To check for blood in the stool, it is important to be aware of some signs that may indicate bowel problems, such as:

  1. Red color of toilet water after having a bowel movement;
  2. Presence of blood on toilet paper;
  3. Red spots in stool;
  4. Very dark, pasty and smelly stools.

In addition, the color of the blood can also indicate which region of the intestine the bleeding is coming from. Bright red blood in the stool, for example, indicates problems in the intestine, rectum or anus, while if the blood color is dark, it indicates that the source of bleeding is higher, such as in the mouth, esophagus or stomach, for example.

The presence of blood in the stool can be indicative of different diseases and, therefore, should be reported to the gastroenterologist if the presence of blood is frequent, so that the cause is investigated, the diagnosis is made and, thus, treatment can be done. Learn what can cause blood in your stool.

What to do

When identifying the presence of blood in the stool, a gastroenterologist should be consulted to assess the cause of the bleeding. In general, stool tests, endoscopy and colonoscopy are prescribed to check for changes in the esophagus, stomach or intestine.

Watch the following video and learn how to correctly collect feces:

Treatment is based on the cause of the problem, and it is also important to check for anemia due to blood loss through the intestines.

To find out if you have a more serious bowel disease, check out the symptoms of bowel cancer.

How to prevent

To prevent the appearance of blood in the stool, it is important to have a balanced diet, rich in fiber, vegetables, legumes, flaxseed and fruits that loosen the intestines, such as oranges and grapes with skin. In addition, it is recommended to drink plenty of water, reduce the consumption of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes and practice regular physical exercises. These attitudes are able to improve the functioning of the intestine and prevent intestinal diseases.

It is also recommended to perform a fecal occult blood test from the age of 50, even if there are no symptoms or blood in the stool, with the aim of early diagnosis of bowel cancer. See how the fecal occult blood test is performed.

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