In order to properly treat rectal bleeding problems, the cause must be accurately identified. Treatment varies depending on the person’s immune system and on the cause of the abdominal pain and rectal bleeding. While home therapy may be attempted for minimal bleeding and for bleeding due to hemorrhoids or rectal fissure, rectal bleeding remains a serious symptom and should be evaluated and treated by a physician at the earliest opportunity.
People with normal immune systems whose abdominal pain and rectal bleeding problems are caused by hemorrhoids, diverticulitis or anal fissures can add a bulk laxative to their diet daily. Metamucil or sienna tablets are good choices. Foods with prunes are also recommended to increase fiber in the diet.
You should also drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. Apply ice packs to the area in order to decrease pain. If you are over 40 and suffering from a case of diverticulis, you should see a doctor for further evaluation if the condition is not improved within a week.
If you have a bleeding disorder, avoid using non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs as well as aspirin. These drugs can interfere with blood platelets and make blood problems worse.
If a marked amount of blood loss has occurred, you will most likely be admitted to hospital where a specialist, such as a colorectal surgeon, will become involved in administering treatment.