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    Rectal Problems - Check Your Symptoms

    Call 911 if you have severe rectal bleeding. Severe means that you are passing a lot of stool that is maroon or mostly blood.

    Call your doctor if:

    • You have severe rectal pain.
    • Your stools are black or tarry or have streaks of blood.
    • Rectal bleeding lasts for more than 1 week or happens more than once.
    • Stools are narrower than usual (they may be as thin as a pencil).
    • You still have rectal pain after a full week of home treatment.
    • Any unusual material or tissue seeps or sticks out of the anus.
    • A lump near the anus gets bigger or more painful, and you get a fever.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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