Bloody Stools

ExitCare ImageBloody stools means there is blood in your poop (stool). It is a sign that there is a problem somewhere in the digestive system. It is important for your doctor to find the cause of your bleeding, so the problem can be treated.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Eat foods with fiber (prunes, bran cereals).

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Sit in warm water (sitz bath) for 10 to 15 minutes as told by your doctor.

  • Know how to take your medicines (enemas, suppositories) if advised by your doctor.

  • Watch for signs that you are getting better or getting worse.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You are not getting better.

  • You start to get better but then get worse again.

  • You have new problems.

  • You have severe bleeding from the place where poop comes out (rectum) that does not stop.

  • You throw up (vomit) blood.

  • You feel weak or pass out (faint).

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.