Are you suffering from blood in your stool? Do you have soiled under garments from blood? Is your bum bleeding? There are a number of reasons why you might experience anal bleeding- some of them serious, but most of them not. Here is a list of the most common causes of bleeding bums, and what to do in those cases.
Hemorrhoids are the leading cause of rectal bleeding, which makes sense as more than half of the adult population will suffer from hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. Hemorrhoids are swollen varicose veins in the rectal region. Sometimes these veins rupture or put pressure on the blood vessels in that area. This can cause anal bleeding.
Hemorrhoids can be treated in a number of ways including ointments, diet changes, sitz baths, dietary supplements, lubricants, and many other treatment options. The best hemorrhoids treatment for you will depend heavily on the severity and placement of your hemorrhoid.
Anal fissures are tears in the rectum. These tears are usually small and not dangerous, but can be very tender and painful. This bleeding is usually not heavy, and is usually bright red as it is fresh and close to the surface.
Most anal fissures are caused by the passage of solid bowel movements that stretch the skin of the anus beyond its regular capacity. Other non-stool related causes are anal sex or other alternative life-style actions that involve the anus and rectal region.
Tears in the anus can be treated with lubricants and ointments that relieve the pain of such tears. While healing from anal fissures, one should clean the area with warm wet towels as opposed to the harsh dry bathroom tissue that is usually used on that surface.
There are a number of different forms of Colitis, all of which should be treated if suspected, and all of which can cause anus bleeding. Colitis is an inflammation of the colon lining, and can be very painful and dangerous. It is usually accompanied by anal bleeding, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
The anal bleeding from colitis is different from the former two listed items here as the blood will be found in the stool, and will not be from surfaces directly in the rectal region. This means the shade of the blood will be different and darker.
If you suspect that Colitis of any form (infectious, ischemic, etc.) is the culprit for your anal bleeding, then you should immediately schedule an appointment with your health care provider to discover the best treatment plan for you, and to rule out any more serious causes for the anal bleeding.
Avoiding Serious Complications
While most causes of bleeding from your back passage are benign and easily treated at home, it is important to avoid the serious complications that could be indicated by the blood in your stool if the blood is accompanied by any other danger signs such as abdominal pain, mucous discharge, and clots of any size.
Anal fissures and hemorrhoids are the most common cause of bleeding anally and are not serious in most cases, but Colitis can be serious, and should be ruled out if suspected at all.