Bloody diarrhea symptoms
This form of diarrhea is a severe situation where the sufferer passes runny stool containing blood.
The blood may stem from someplace on the alimentary canal, ranging from the oral cavity to the anal area. It is more often than not an indication of intestinal damage or illness.
Symptoms of bloody diarrhea include loss of appetite, body pains, a distended belly, blood flow from an achy rectum, a pressing urge to defecate, throwing up and the presence of mucus and unbroken down food particles in feces.
If stool is black, its origin is the upper part of the digestive tract which includes the first part of the small intestine, the stomach, and the esophagus. On the other hand, bright red or maroon stool originates from the lower part of the digestive tract which includes the large intestine and the anal and rectal areas.
If bloody diarrhea is coupled with bloody vomit or dizziness or vomiting it should be promptly assessed as a critical condition.
Bloody diarrhea causes
Fecal blood could exist in very minute quantities making it invisible, or could occur in such an amount that may alter the look of the fecal matter, in which case x-rays and endoscopy may be employed to identify the starting place.
The most common causes of bloody diarrhea are intestinal damage and intestinal diseases. Other causes include radiation therapy and an adverse reaction to drugs.
Bloody diarrhea may be a sign of a minor disorder like an anal fissure or hemorrhoid or it may well imply a critical problem like a bleeding peptic ulcer or ruptured esophageal varices.
Bloody diarrhea treatment
Treatment of bloody diarrhea is based on the root and gravity of the bleeding. Critical bleeding may necessitate a blood transfusion.
Deterrent measures for bloody diarrhea include consuming safe water and food products with minimal pesticides and chemicals, increasing fiber intake, physical activity, colon cleansing therapy, avoiding anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen and improved personal hygiene and sanitation.