Kindly suggest some home remedy for anal bleeding?

Rectal or anal bleeding is referred to medically as hematochezia. This refers to the passing of blood from the anus, usually along with stools or blood clots. Although the bleeding may originate in the rectum it could also be traced to other regions in the gastrointestinal tract. The severity of rectal bleeding may vary significantly, but most cases are relatively mild and can be treated without hospitalization if it does not resolve without intervention.

Although generally a mild condition this may not always be the case. Rectal bleeding is always a sign of some dysfunction and at times diagnosis of the cause of bleeding may not be very straightforward. It is however of the utmost importance that a sound diagnosis is made so that the appropriate treatment can be provided. In some cases it can be a symptom of rectal cancer, so make it a point to have it checked out by your doctor.

Many diseases and medical conditions can cause anal or rectal bleeding. The most common and minor cause of rectal bleeding is anal fissures or hemorrhoids. Other common causes include hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, cancers and polyps of the colon and rectum, angiodysplasia (abnormal blood vessels), ulcerative proctitis, Crohn's colitis, ulcerative colitis, ischemic colitis, infectious colitis and Meckel's diverticula. Anal fissures are most commonly caused by severe constipation or as a result of anal sex. If you suffer from an anal fissure you will most likely experience severe pain whilst passing a stool and an itch in the area.

Here are some remedies that you can follow to treat the condition at home:

  • Before any bowel movement try lubricating the anal canal for protection. This will also ease the passing of stools and minimize the accompanying pain.
  • Over the counter creams or ointments containing vitamins A and D or hydrocortisone creams can also help provide relief and promote healing.
  • Substitute regular toilet paper with facial tissues. Facial tissues that are coated in a moisturizing lotion will be useful as they offer the minimal amount of friction or resistance to the affected anal area.
  • After a shower or any bowel movement dust the area with an anti bacterial or anti fungal powder. This will not only protect the area from infection, but will also reduce any friction.
  • Your diet is an extremely important aspect of the treatment as constipation is in this condition a serious problem. Minimize your intake of junk foods and meats as they are hard to digest. Avoid processed foods too, and instead increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Lady finger is particularly beneficial for anyone with constipation as it acts as a natural lubricant while passing stools.

answered by M W

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