Rectal Bleeding Treatment

Call 911 if you have:

  • Large amounts of bright red blood, clots in the toilet bowl, or nonstop bleeding
  • Shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, or extreme weakness with bleeding
  • Black, sticky stools accompanied by lightheadedness, chest pain or weakness
  • A history of liver disease, bleeding disorder, severe anemia, or a bleeding ulcer

1. Call the Doctor

2. Monitor Symptoms

  • Before the appointment with your healthcare provider, keep track of color and consistency of the blood and stool. Also keep track of symptoms such as rectal or abdominal pain, rectal pressure, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, fever, or mucus in the stools.

3. Follow Up

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on October 17, 2019



University of Iowa Health Care: "Rectal Bleeding."

Cleveland Clinic: "Understanding Rectal Bleeding."

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