Rectal bleeding causes people to panic, but most of the time, it’s the result of something minor. If your rectal bleeding doesn’t have an obvious cause, Maninder Guram, MD, uses his years of expertise in gastroenterology to help diagnose the underlying condition. At Texas Gastroenterology Associates in Tomball, Texas, Dr. Guram offers comprehensive diagnostic options to determine the source of bleeding. To discuss your rectal bleeding with a specialist, contact Dr. Guram for an appointment.
It’s always disconcerting to see fresh blood in the toilet bowl or on your toilet paper, but most causes of rectal bleeding are due to minor causes like:
Sores and fissures often result from straining to use the bathroom and passing large stools. Excessive wiping that accompanies diarrhea may also create sores and inflammation. In rare cases, though, rectal bleeding is a symptom of a more severe diagnosis such as:
Try to avoid constipation with dietary fiber and proper hydration. Stool softeners and mild laxatives help loosen your stool and prevent strain. Taking a sitz bath by sitting in warm, shallow water helps soothe residual soreness.
Dr. Guram can recommend over-the-counter creams to protect and soothe open sores. You may also want to wipe temporarily with gentle baby wipes or Tucks® pads instead of toilet paper. If the fissures don’t heal within several weeks, call Dr. Guram to discuss your plan of action.
If your rectal bleeding has an obvious cause, such as minor hemorrhoids, you may be able to treat your symptoms at home. However, bleeding without an obvious cause, particularly if it lasts longer than a few days, is a source of concern.
Seek emergency medical care if your rectal bleeding is heavy or accompanied by signs of shock, such as:
After doing a physical exam and asking questions about your condition, Dr. Guram performs a rectal exam to look for a clear cause of your bleeding. If he can’t find any outward signs of the cause, he may recommend a colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy allows Dr. Guram to see inside your colon so he can look for the source of the bleeding and identify any abnormalities. If he notices any abnormal tissue, he can extract a sample for biopsy. He can also remove any polyps that he finds that cause concerns.
You can make an appointment with Dr. Guram for any rectal bleeding that concerns you. Call or use the online booking option today to schedule an appointment.