Cause of your symptoms

Your rectal bleeding is probably from normal veins just inside the back passage and your change in bowel habit is likely to be due to something you have eaten.


Try the treatments outlined below for two weeks.


Eat more roughage to make your stools softer and easier to pass. It is normal to strain a little when passing a motion but too much can cause bleeding.

What now?

If you get better nothing further needs to be done. However, if your symptoms persist for 2 more weeks or recur after stopping treatment see your GP.

Summary of your symptoms

Date checker completed: Monday 20th May 2024

You are below the age of 50 and have rectal bleeding without pile symptoms associated with a non-specific change in bowel habit

Additional information if you see your GP

Your GP will probably examine your tummy and back passage and do a blood test and if these were normal it would be reasonable to advise a further period of treat watch and wait. However, if your symptoms do not settle completely you are likely to be referred to a routine hospital clinic for further investigations and treatments to stop the bleeding.

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