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Rectal Problems - Home Treatment

For rectal bleeding

When you have rectal bleeding, do not take aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Aspirin and other NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, can cause bleeding in the digestive tract, which can increase the amount of blood in your stools. These medicines can also make bleeding hemorrhoids bleed more. If you need to use something for pain, try taking acetaminophen, such as Tylenol.

Rectal bleeding can be caused by constipation, diarrhea, or hemorrhoids.

Symptoms to watch for during home treatment

Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:

  • Pain increases or does not improve.
  • The blood in your stool increases, or your stools become red, black, or tarry.
  • Swelling or a lump in or around your anus develops.
  • Symptoms become more severe or more frequent.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: February 20, 2013
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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