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I understand that a person can have rectal bleeding as a result of hemmoroids. I have some small external hemmoroids from having two kids, so I have had rectal bleeding before after having a difficult bowel movement. My current situation is different. I have been eating better and exercising, so my bowel movements have been very easy for the last two weeks, and yet I have lots of rectal bleeding with each bowel movement. There seems to be blood on the stool and what seems like a lot in the bowl. How long should rectal bleeding last if it is related to hemmoroids? I was waiting to see if it would just go away on its own, but usually when I have rectal bleeding it stops after a few days. Is it unusual for hemmoroidal bleeding to last this long?

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replied February 9th, 2009
Colon Cancer Answer A5724
Hemorrhoids and anal fissures are the most common reasons for rectal bleeding. In these cases bleeding usually occurs when the stool is hard. Blood is usually located on the stool. Presence of blood inside the stool could suggest that bleeding originates from an upper part of the bowels. Rectal bleeding in the case of hemorrhoids or an anal fissure usually lasts as long as the hemorrhoids are wounded and inflamed or the fissure is open. Hard stools provoke and maintain the bleeding.

You can request a rectal digital examination and colposcopy to check if there is another reason (colon cancer, for example) for this rectal bleeding.

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