Rectal Pain (cont.)
When to Seek Medical Care
Contact your doctor if home therapies are not helpful.
- You should call immediately if you think you may have a thrombosed hemorrhoid because early treatment is the key to relief.
- Also call your doctor if you are having any bleeding. Sometimes rectal bleeding can be a sign of a more serious problem such as colon cancer.
It is unlikely that rectal pain would require a visit to a hospital's emergency department. You may want to contact your doctor first before going to the hospital. A more urgent evaluation in the emergency department might be required if these conditions develop:
- Rectal pain becomes more severe, especially if associated with fevers and infectious discharge from the rectum.
- Pain is no longer confined to the rectum but spreads to the abdomen.
- You notice an increasing amount of rectal bleeding or a large amount of bleeding in one episode.
- You think you have a foreign body in your rectum or suspect rectal prolapse is the cause of pain.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/5/2014
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