What is blood in stool (rectal bleeding)?
Blood in your stool can signal that there is an issue somewhere along the gastrointestinal tract. Usually, it’s caused by non-cancerous conditions and isn’t a cause for worry. However, visiting a doctor is necessary to rule out more serious conditions.
Blood in your stool can be the following:
- You may see it mixed in with your stool - whether that be diarrhoea or hard and dry stool
- Light bleeding you find on your toilet paper
- Enough drops of blood to change the colour of the water in your toilet bowl
- It can make your stool black and sticky
What are the causes of rectal bleeding?
Blood in stool is most commonly a sign of non-cancerous conditions such as
However, it can also be a symptom of bowel or rectal cancer.
Diagnosis and treatment
In order to rule out any serious cause for concern, you should visit your GP or a gastroenterologist as soon as possible. Based on the cause of rectal bleeding, they will be able to provide you with treatment options.