Hematochezia - medical term for red stool caused by bleeding in the digestive tract or rectum. A darker, almost black color may indicate more severe problems and blood loss in the digestive tract.
Several foods like tomatoes can make poop appear red and bloody. If you are worried it might be blood, read further about common causes of red poop, or more serious causes like digestive ulcers and diseases or cancers of the digestive tract.
Dark brown, orange, black, reddish poop can create appearance of blood. Read about what the different colors of stool mean about the functioning of the digestive tract.
To diagnose the cause of the bloody stool, try to gauge how darkness of the blood. The further up the digestive tract the bleeding occurs, the longer it stays inside your body and the darker it gets. If the color of your bloody stools is bright red then the bleeding is lower down the digestive tract, and if it is dark, then the bleeding probably occurred higher up in the digestive tract.
Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels around the anus that can begin to bleed when you strain during bowel movement or wipe a little too roughly, causing a reddish color from the blood on the poop or the toilet paper.
Anal fissures are natural cracks or tears in the skin of the anal canal that may cause blood on toiled paper and red poop. They may cause sharp pain after defecation, but with chronic fissures pain intensity is often less. Fissure depth may be superficial or sometimes down to the underlying sphincter muscle.
Sometimes the cause of the red stool can be a burst, weakened blood vessel (Angiodysplasia).
If this is the cause of your problem, there are some simple solutions such as drinking more fluids and changing your diet to a one that helps promote digestive health.
Hematochezia can be caused by serious conditions such as ulcers and bacterial infections such as amoebic dysentery.
The most dangerous cause of Hematochezia (bloody stools) are different types of digestive cancers which can cause bleeding at any part of the digestive system and cause red poop due to blood nearly anywhere in our bodies.
Most digestive cancers are treatable during early stages, but when they have grown enough to cause blood that shows in red poop (Hematochezia) it may mean that the cancer has grown to a sufficient degree. If you see red poop (Hematochezia), it is better to be safe than sorry and you may want to contact your doctor and get tested for red poop causes and take no chances with your health.