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What does the treatment for blood in the stool involve?

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Beyond stopping the immediate bleeding, if necessary, treatment involves addressing the cause of bleeding to keep it from returning. Treatment varies depending on the cause and may include medications such as antibiotics to treat H. pylori, drugs to suppress acid in the stomach, or anti-inflammatory drugs to treat colitis. Surgery may be needed to remove polyps or the parts of the colon damaged by cancer, diverticulitis, or inflammatory bowel disease.

Depending on the cause, however, treatment may involve simple things you can do on your own. These including eating a high-fiber diet to relieve constipation that can cause and aggravate hemorrhoids and anal fissures, and sitting in warm or hot baths to relieve fissures.

Your doctor will prescribe or recommend treatment based on your diagnosis.

From: Blood in Stool WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Bloody or tarry stools."

Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program: "Rectal Bleeding: What You Should Know."

MedlinePlus: "Gastrointestinal fistula."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Angiodysplasia of the Colon."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Bleeding in the Digestive Tract."

The Ohio State University Medical Center: "Peptic Ulcers."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Bloody or tarry stools."

Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program: "Rectal Bleeding: What You Should Know."

MedlinePlus: "Gastrointestinal fistula."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Angiodysplasia of the Colon."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Bleeding in the Digestive Tract."

The Ohio State University Medical Center: "Peptic Ulcers."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

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