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When Should You Worry About Rectal Bleeding?

Rectal bleeding, although common, may be an indication of disease or infection. If you are experiencing rectal bleeding that you are concerned about, contact Dr. Abby Crume, Dr. Joseph Melvin, or Dr. Michelle E. Murday for examination and treatment at the Associates in Colon and Rectal Surgery in Salt Lake City, UT.

Causes and symptoms of rectal bleeding?

You may experience bleeding from your rectum, a part of the bowels that is near the anus, some time in your life. Bleeding from the rectal area can occur for different reasons. Common and less serious causes are hemorrhoids and torn rectal tissue called anal fissures. These can happen from strained bowel movements due to constipation, although bleeding is mild and infrequent. Once it is easier to move one’s bowels, the bleeding will usually end.

However, if there is heavier, more persistent bleeding, that could be a sign of a more severe ailment. If that should occur, schedule an exam for your rectal bleeding with one of our providers in Salt Lake City, UT, or go to your local emergency room for immediate treatment. Other symptoms accompanying the bleeding that you should be concerned about are:

  • Severe nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anal pain
  • Clammy skin
  • Rapid breathing
  • Faintness
  • Abdominal Cramping

Other causes of rectal bleeding

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms that go beyond a milder occurrence, it could be due to a gastrointestinal disorder, infection, tumors, or polyps. Gastrointestinal disorders such as diverticulosis and irritable bowel disease (IBD) are a consideration among others. However, if you’ve recently eaten improperly cooked or contaminated foods, a bacterial infection such as dysentery or Salmonella could be the underlying culprit. If intestinal, rectal, or colon cancer run in your family, it is a good idea that while you are being treated for rectal bleeding, that you also get examined for any benign or malignant growths.

Treatment for rectal bleeding in Salt Lake City, UT

The kind of treatment necessary will depend on the underlying causes. If the bleeding is mild, it can usually stop on its own. However, it is always wise to see your doctor if you are experiencing any amount of bleeding from the rectum, especially if it is severe. It is only through diagnostic testing by an appropriate medical professional that a cause can be determined and given the proper treatment. A physical exam of the anus, rectum, colon, or testing of the fecal matter could be necessary to make an adequate diagnosis.

Now that you have a better knowledge of the possible ramifications of rectal bleeding, take the first step by easing your worries. Call Dr. Crume, Dr. Melvin, or Dr. Murday for an appointment today at 801-263-1621 or visit online at Utah Colon Rectal in Salt Lake City, UT (

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