Seeing bright red blood in the toilet after going to the bathroom may be alarming, but it’s usually not a cause for concern. However, the experts at Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists recommend an evaluation to pinpoint the cause and make sure nothing more serious is going on. With offices conveniently located in both Honolulu and Aiea, Hawaii, you can receive prompt diagnosis and start treatment for conditions that may be causing blood to appear in your stool. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
You may be experiencing blood in your stool for any number of reasons. The good news is that most causes of bloody stool are not life-threatening. Some of the most common causes of blood in the stool include:
Polyps, cancer, and colitis may also cause bleeding in your digestive tract and blood in your stool. The only way to know the cause is to come into the office for an evaluation.
Your expert at Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists may be able to determine the cause of the blood in your stool after reviewing your symptoms and performing a rectal examination. To assist in diagnosis, it’s important that you can describe your symptoms, especially the color of the blood in your stool.
If the source of your bleeding can’t be determined after a physical examination, you may need additional testing, such as:
Treatment for your bleeding depends on the cause, so your gastroenterologist develops a plan specific to your needs.
As a practice focused on prevention, the experts at Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists recommend you eat a healthy diet filled with fiber-rich foods to improve bowel movements, which may reduce your risk of developing hemorrhoids, anal fissures, or infected diverticula.
If you have concerns about blood in your stool, call today or schedule an appointment online.