We understand that finding blood in your stool can be somewhat alarming. Not only can this symptom make you feel uncomfortable, but it can also indicate a serious underlying medical condition. 

If you have blood in your stool, turn to us at Imperial Digestive Health Specialists PLLC as soon as possible. Dr. Oforbuike Ewelukwa and the rest of our team have the expertise and experience to find the root cause of your issue and offer effective treatment. 

Here’s what you should do if you have blood in your stool:

Stay calm

Discovering blood in your stool can be a scary experience, but it’s important to stay calm. Stress and panic can cause symptoms to grow worse. Do your best to keep a clear head and a positive attitude, and know that help from our team is only a phone call away.

Determine the type and amount of blood

When you look at your stool, notice what the blood looks like and how much is in it. The appearance of bright red ink can indicate gastrointestinal issues close to the anus, such as hemorrhoids. 

Dark red or black blood can indicate you have bleeding deeper within the digestive system. 

If you have a significant amount of blood in your stool, it can indicate more severe issues, such as colon cancer.

Analyze your diet

One cause of blood in the stool is a poor diet or food intolerance. Spicy foods, fried foods, and caffeine can all cause digestive upset, which could lead to bleeding. 

Consuming excessive alcohol and smoking can also cause irritation and subsequent bleeding. Along with blood in the stool, you may experience other symptoms like flatulence, bloating, or diarrhea. Try cutting out unhealthy foods, and focus on consuming a balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

Pay attention to other symptoms

Bleeding in the stool can certainly cause concern, but you should watch for other symptoms, too. Abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue, and fever might indicate signs of something more severe. If you notice any of these symptoms, call our practice as soon as possible for an evaluation.

Seek medical attention

Although some causes of blood in the stool can be managed with diet changes or lifestyle modifications, many require professional medical attention. 

If you have blood in your stool, book an appointment with our team. We can take a detailed look at your symptoms and offer a personalized treatment plan. If we suspect an underlying medical condition, we may recommend further tests like a colonoscopy.

Treat the underlying cause

Once you have an accurate diagnosis, you may need treatment. However, your type of treatment method depends on the underlying cause of your condition. 

We may recommend dietary changes, fiber supplements, or prescription medicine. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

Prevent future incidents

After receiving treatment, it’s essential to take steps to prevent future occurrences of bleeding in the stool that include:

  • Making changes to your diet and lifestyle
  • Avoiding the consumption of spicy foods or caffeine
  • Limiting your alcohol intake
  • Quitting smoking
  • Drinking enough water daily
  • Exercising regularly

Blood in your stool doesn’t always mean you have a severe medical problem. However, we recommend that you discuss any unusual gastrointestinal symptoms with us to ensure a proper diagnosis and treatment. We can help you stay on top of this issue and prevent potential complications.

If you have blood in your stool or other concerning symptoms, reach out to us at Imperial Digestive Health Specialists PLLC in Katy, Texas by phone or text at 832-639-5725, or make an appointment online today.

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