Rectal Bleeding

Rectal bleeding is when blood comes out of the opening of the butt (anus). Rectal bleeding may show up as bright red blood or really dark poop (stool). The poop may look dark red, maroon, or black. Rectal bleeding is often a sign that something is wrong. This needs to be checked by a doctor.

HOME CARE

  • Eat a diet high in fiber. This will help keep your poop soft.

  • Limit activitiy.

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

  • Take a warm bath to soothe any pain.

  • Follow up with your doctor as told.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have more bleeding.

  • You have black or dark red poop.

  • You throw up (vomit) blood or it looks like coffee grounds.

  • You have belly (abdominal) pain or tenderness.

  • You have a fever.

  • You feel weak, sick to your stomach (nauseous), or you pass out (faint).

  • You have pain that is so bad you cannot poop (bowel movement).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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