What is the cause behind these bleeding symptoms?
Here are 6 possible reasons to explain those surprisingly unexpected bleeding symptoms.
• Internal & External Hemorrhoids
The most probable cause for the bleeding symptoms you might have observed in the toilet is internal and external hemorrhoids. More than 50% of the population will suffer from the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids occur inside the rectum. They are not typically painful but tend to bleed whenever irritated. External hemorrhoids are found outside the anus. They are often very painful, swollen and itchy. Both internal and external hemorrhoids may be brought on by regular constipation, obesity, poor diet regime, pregnancy, and increasing age.
• Hematochezia or Melena
Hematachezia refers to stool that is maroon colored and is generally associated with lower gastrointestinal bleeding. The most common cause is hemorrhoids or diverticulitis. Melena on the other hand is stool that is black and tarry. It has been altered due to a reaction with the stomach acids in the body. This is associated with gastrointestinal hemorrhage.
Proctitus is where the last 6 inches of the rectal lining is inflamed resulting in the bleeding symptoms you may discover after you have visited the restroom. If you have a sense of not sufficiently empting your bowels, spasms, abdominal pain, or mucus passing through the rectum, you may have proctitus. Proctitus has been linked to stress and gluten intolerance. If you suspect this could be the reasons behind your bleeding, seek medical attention.
• Anal Fistula
An anal fistula is a connection between the skin and the anal canal which is not normally there. It begins at an anal gland that has been blocked due to infection and which then forms an abscess. This abscess points to the surface and the tract formed is called the fistula. These can be very painful and can cause bleeding.
• Anal Fissures
An anal fissure is when the anal canal develops a crack or tear. These cracks may be the reason behind the bleeding symptoms you discovered on the toilet paper if it was bright red in color. Constipation is one of the key culprits since it may cause the stretching of the anus over and above its capability. Eating dietary fiber and drinking plenty of water can aid in softening stools.
• Rectal Prolapse
Rectal prolapse is when the walls of the rectum fall out of the anus. The ligaments and muscles that hold the rectum in place become weak which in turn allow it to fall through the anus. Rectal prolapse is associated with old age, frequent constipation, straining to have a bowel movement, frequent diarrhea, pregnancy and cystic fibrosis to name a few.
If you discover blood on the toilet paper and are not sure the cause behind these bleeding symptoms, then it’s always best to seek out the advice of a medical professional. Early diagnosis may help to prevent any serious complications and provide an opportunity for speedier relief.