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What does red poop mean?

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If you see red or reddish poop in the toilet, don’t be alarmed right away. First ask yourself if you’ve had red foods lately. Beets, Jell-O, tomato soup, and red drinks can change the color of your stool. If you don’t think your diet is the cause, the red you see may be blood. And if it’s bright red, the blood likely comes from the lower part of your digestive tract. Common causes include:

Call your doctor if you see red that’s probably not from food you ate.

  • Noncancerous tumors
  • Cancer
  • Inflammation in the colon, called colitis
  • Growths called polyps in your colon
  • Conditions caused by small sacs in the wall of the colon, called diverticular disease
  • Hemorrhoids

From: What Do Different Poop Colors Mean? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Stool Color: When to Worry,” “White Stool: Should I be Concerned?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “What Can Your Child's Poop Color Tell You?”

National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Definition & Facts for Celiac Disease,” “Gastritis,” “Symptoms & Causes of GI Bleeding.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on February 24, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Stool Color: When to Worry,” “White Stool: Should I be Concerned?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “What Can Your Child's Poop Color Tell You?”

National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Definition & Facts for Celiac Disease,” “Gastritis,” “Symptoms & Causes of GI Bleeding.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on February 24, 2017

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