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10 Causes of Blood in Your Stool

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3. Abnormal blood vessels

One cause of blood in your stool could actually be a condition called angiodysplasia. This is a condition defined by abnormalities in your blood vessels, whereby the vessels become fragile and easier to break.

This condition is defined by more than just blood in your stool – it also causes fatigue and weakness, as well as shortness of breath and anemia. The blood that you notice in your stool will be particularly bright red in color, though there will be no pain associated with it.

4. Anal fissure

An anal fissure is one of the most common causes of blood in your stool. This is characterized by a small tear in the tissue that lines your anus, which can become mildly painful and bleed from time to time.

Usually, this damage will heal in just a few days, but for people who have a tight sphincter, this issue might occur on a regular basis – particularly when passing large stool.

Constipation can also cause this problem – so if you’ve been constipated lately and have only experienced a small amount of blood passing, it is most likely an anal fissure that will heal up by itself.

5. Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, is a condition that causes the blood vessels in the anus and rectum to swell. This makes the area particularly itchy, and it also causes large lumps of tissue inside the anal canal or on the outside of the anus itself.

Pregnant women are most likely to experience hemorrhoids, though it can happen in anyone. And, any individual between the ages 45 and 65 are likely to experience this condition, too.

As well as redness in the stool, the condition also causes itchiness and soreness around the anus area, and hemorrhoid creams will need to be used to reduce that discomfort.