Rectal pain and bleeding, especially when you see bright red blood in the toilet, can be frightening, but they’re often caused by hemorrhoids that are easily treated by the physicians at Illinois Gastroenterology Group. Rectal bleeding, however, may be maroon or cause dark, tarry stools, indicating other rectal or gastrointestinal tract problems. When you notice any type of rectal bleeding or you experience rectal pain, call one of the offices in Oak Lawn, Oakbrook Terrace, and Palos Heights, Illinois, or schedule an appointment online.
A long list of possible problems can lead to rectal or anal pain. Inflammatory disease, infections, and minor injuries are some of the top generic causes of rectal pain, while specific conditions include:
Of the possible causes of rectal pain, many can also lead to rectal bleeding, but hemorrhoids and anal fissures are the most likely culprits.
Rectal bleeding causes blood in your stool that may appear bright red, maroon, or cause black, tarry stools. Additionally, you can have rectal bleeding that’s not visible, called occult blood:
Diverticulosis can cause sudden, heavy rectal bleeding. Diverticula are small sacs in the intestine that bulge out from weak areas in the wall. They may become inflamed and bleed into the intestine. While the bleeding is painless, it can be heavy and cause serious bleeding from your rectum.
When you have rectal pain or any type of bleeding, call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or schedule an appointment online.