Rectal Bleeding (cont.)
Rectal Bleeding Self-Care at Home
If minimal rectal bleeding, such as blood-streaked toilet tissue, is the source of the problem, it may be due to hemorrhoids or a rectal fissure. Home therapy can be attempted. All other causes of rectal bleeding should be evaluated and treated by a physician
Self-care of rectal bleeding may include various rectal ointments and suppositories. These can be bought
without a prescription. If the person's symptoms do not improve within one week of treatment, or
he or she is older than 40 years of age, a doctor
should be seen for further evaluation.
Simple home care of rectal bleeding include:
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day.
- Bathe or shower daily to cleanse the skin around the anus.
- Decrease straining with bowel movements.
- Increase fiber in the diet with supplements such as Metamucil,
Benefiber, or foods such as prunes.
- Avoid sitting on the toilet too long.
- Apply ice packs to the affected area to decrease pain.
- Take a sitz bath. This is a warm water bath with water just deep enough to cover the hips and buttocks, and can help relieve some symptoms of itching, pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids.
- Avoid drinking alcohol, as that contributes to dehydration, which is one cause of constipation.
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