When to Seek Medical Care
When to call the doctor
- Bleeding from the rectum or anus is never normal and although hemorrhoids
are the most common reason to have blood in the stool, it should be discussed
with your primary health care professional. Other causes of
rectal bleeding exist and can
be serious. Inflammatory bowel disease and
cancers of the colon can present with
rectal bleeding. Blood in the stool should never be ignored.
- Medical care should be sought urgently if a person is taking
anticoagulation medication such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), or prasugrel (Effient).
- Individuals who have associated symptoms such as lightheadedness and weakness may
have significant blood loss and may require more urgent care.
- Hemorrhoids do not cause abdominal pain; should this be present with
bleeding, medical care should be sought immediately.
- Prolapsed hemorrhoids that cannot be pushed back through the anus require
- Thrombosed external hemorrhoids may cause significant pain and medical care
may be necessary to repair.
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