Rectal Pain & Bleeding

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Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Arlington Heights, IL & Elk Grove Village, IL

Finding blood when you have a bowel movement is frightening. But rectal bleeding has a variety of causes, some more serious than others. The experienced gastroenterology team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elk Grove and Arlington Heights, Illinois, diagnoses the cause of your rectal bleeding and offers expert treatments to heal your lower digestive tract. If you have rectal bleeding, don’t delay. Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or make an appointment online today.

Rectal Pain & Bleeding Q & A

What is Rectal Bleeding?

Rectal bleeding refers to any blood that leaves your body through your anus. Your large intestine ends in a few inches of muscular tissue called the rectum. You can find bright red blood on your toilet paper or in the toilet bowl or the blood could look dark maroon or black.

What Causes Rectal Bleeding?

Many conditions can cause rectal bleeding. While many of these conditions are uncomfortable, few are life-threatening. The most common causes of rectal bleeding include:

  • Constipation
  • Hard stools
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures (small tears in your anus)

However, there many other less common but potentially more dangerous conditions that could be the root cause of your anal bleeding, including:

  • Colon polyps or cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Angiodysplasia (abnormal veins near your intestines)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticulitis (inflammation of pouches that form in your colon)
  • Colitis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Pseudomembranous colitis
  • Proctitis (inflammation of your rectum)
  • Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome

Your doctor can explain these conditions to you and use the latest diagnostics methods to see if any one of them is causing your rectal bleeding.

If you have rectal bleeding, you should make an appointment with the team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group to find out what’s causing your symptoms and get the treatment you need to heal your body.

When Should I See a Doctor About Rectal Bleeding?

You should always seek medical attention if you have rectal bleeding. While bright red blood usually indicates hemorrhoids or a small tear in your rectum or anus, dark rectal bleeding is often due to a problem deeper within your colon. 

You should make an appointment right away if you have additional symptoms, including:

  • Rapid, shallow breath
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Fainting
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Trouble urinating

The team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group offers comprehensive exams and testing to diagnose the cause of your bleeding. In addition to a physical exam, they order blood tests, CT scans, and a colonoscopy to examine your rectum and large intestine in more detail.

How is Rectal Bleeding Treated?

Treatment of rectal bleeding depends on the condition causing it. For example, the team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group offers a variety of treatments for hemorrhoids, including hemorrhoid banding.

Whereas, if you have a problem like diverticulitis or colon cancer, they provide surgical procedures to remove abnormal tissue and repair your large intestine and restore your health.

Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or make an appointment online today if you have rectal bleeding.