Pooping Blood…Hemorrhoids and Piles Disease Symptoms

When you find yourself pooping blood—medically known as “blood in the stool”—you might not know what to do and may even be frightened by the possibility that you may be gravely ill. Chances are, though, what you have is hemroid symptoms, often called piles disease. With rare exceptions, hemorrhoids are not dangerous and doctors consider the typical case bothersome but not a danger to your health.

The fact remains that the symptoms can be bothersome and very uncomfortable, even painful at times. Piles disease happens when the veins in the rectum and the anus become enlarged, usually due to pressure. The passage of waste through the rectum and out through the anus can aggravate this condition and tear the protruding veins, producing the blood that you see in your stool. It will be bright red in color.

No one wants to be pooping blood but few people outside of those who have medical training know what to do to stop it or prevent it. Since piles disease is caused by pressure on the walls of the rectum and anus every effort should be made to reduce that pressure. This means not hurrying when you need to make a bowel movement. Forcing waste through for the sake of saving a little time can tear delicate tissues and make veins swell and even burst. If you often have hard bowel movements you should drink more water and perhaps even take a stool softener to ease the passage.

Hemroid symptoms generally include itching as well as bleeding. Hemorrhoids can be quite painful, particularly if they bulge outside of the anus and their supply of blood is cut off. In cases like this, doctors will sometimes tie off the veins to ease the pain and bleeding.

There are over the counter treatments that work to relieve these symptoms and most people find them effective. These ointments can sooth the itching and reduce the swelling of piles disease. Combining these treatments with stool softeners and drinking plenty of water, most people can control their piles disease and suffer little discomfort. Occasionally people develop internal hemorrhoids that need to be surgically removed by a doctor but that is relatively rare. Surgery is usually a last resort, only performed for the most severe hemroid symptoms.

You can help prevent the hemroid symptoms of pooping blood, itching and burning with a few changes in your lifestyle. Drink plenty of water, get plenty of exercise and eat a lot of fiber. Walking is one of the most enjoyable forms of exercise and walking with someone you like makes it fun. Fiber helps food digest easily and thus there are fewer undigested lumps of food in your waste. Fruits, grains and plenty of vegetables are good for your general health as well as for preventing piles disease.

If you do everything right and you are still pooping blood, it may be because your stomach is inflamed from eating too many spicy foods, smoking, drinking alcohol or because of an infection. You should consult a physician if your sings and symptoms do not lessen, get worse, or the blood in your stool is tarry and dark.