Blood in stool



Blood can appear with bowel movements because of hard stools, constipation, hemorrhoids, digestive conditions or colon cancer.


Self-care includes drinking more water, eating more fiber and not straining. Exercise regularly. Hemorrhoid creams available without a prescription might help.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a healthcare professional right away if:

  • Ongoing, heavy bleeding.
  • Weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, fainting.
  • Severe stomach pain or cramping.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a healthcare professional if:

  • Lasts for more than a day or two.
  • Keeps on even with self-treatment.