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Question: 21 year old male - blood in stool


 edwardk9 - Thu Jun 23, 2005 3:14 pm

Hello everyone.

I am a 21 year old male in relatively good health. I do smoke.

My family has a history with heartburn/stomach problems but no cancers. About 6 months ago I noticed that I had a hemorrhoid (I assume from constipation).

Everything was fine up until about 3 months ago. I noticed whenever I had to strain to use the bathroom bright red blood would be on the stool and the toilet paper. It isn't enough to turn the water pink but enough that I can see.

It does go away after a few days but seems to resurface occasionally.

Is this something that I should be concerned about? Should I make an appointment with a doctor? I have no insurance that is why I have been reluctant to do so.

Also, sometimes after a bowl movement my anus will burn for about 10 minutes and then subside.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 Derek H, RN - Thu Jun 23, 2005 4:41 pm

Hello,

from the symptomsyou stat o you get any itching after a bowel movement?

It does sound like you have haemorroids (piles) sometimes they are not always visible or you cant feel them as they can be internal as well as external. you have to wash thoroughly with non perfumed soaps after each bowel movement and apply one of the many creams or ointments that are widely available.

there are surgical treatments but are normally only offerred if the condition is so severe that it causes lifestyle issues.. Try some remedies from your local pharmacy first and don't be embarrassed buying them, there are many people out there who have the same problem.

Good luck and best wishes.

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