Blood in the Stool - Hemorrhoids

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Hemorrhoids are the most common cause of blood in the stool. Blood vessels located in the walls of the rectum can swell, become inflamed and bleed. Hemorrhoids can be caused by straining at stool, diarrhea, pregnancy, obesity and prolonged sitting on the commode. All these factors increase the pressure within the hemorrhoidal vessels causing them to swell. The bleeding is often associated with anal burning or itching.

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Comment from: junebug, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 25

There is light blood in stool, I have a little diarrhea, and past hemorrhoid issue that sometimes flare up from straining on the toilet.

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