Re: just a little blood
It sounds like you could have what is called an anal fissure. It's a tear in the lining of the anus. Fissures happen when you pass large, dry stools that overstretch your opening or strain a lot to have a bm. Do you mind my asking if you are constipated? I recently suffered a fissure and they can he hell. You should be drinking plenty of fluids daily, I drink 110 ounces of water per day. ANything with caffeine in it doesn't count toward your daily fluid intake, caffeine dehydrates. Also, eating lots of fiber such as veggies and fruits,whole wheats and grains. There are also fiber supplements you can take. Citrucel, Metamucil, etc. are fiber supplements you take daily. They help to keep your stool soft and in maintaining regularity if you suffer from constipation. Go easy on the fiber at first and slowly introduce it into your diet. Fiber can cause gas & bloating so if you gradually put it in your diet your body adjusts to it accordingly. I take Citrucel twice a day. It doesn't cause gas or bloating, at least it never has for me. Other brands of fiber work well too. Find what works best for you and make sure to drink plenty of fluids with fiber. Fiber absorbs the fluids in your digestive tract to create soft bulky stools that pass easily without having to strain. What works for one person might not work for you or another. Everyones situation is different yet we all suffer the same thing. How ironic? Sitz baths also help tremendously. You can purchase one at your local pharmacy for about $10 - $12. This is a basin that sits right on your toilet. You fill it with warm water and soak your bottom for about 20 minutes 3-4 times a day. Especially after having a bm. These help to keep the area clean as well as relax the anal muscle. It also helps to circulate blood to the area to help heal the fissure. If your still experiencing pain and bleeding you should see a colon/rectal doctor. Most fissures heal within a couple weeks through diet and fiber and increasing your fluid intake. Some don't. Be patient, these don't heal overnight.