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.
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