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What treatments are available for rectal bleeding?

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The treatments for rectal bleeding depend on the cause and include pain medicine, iron supplements, steroids, IVs, blood transfusions, vasoconstrictors, surgery or a combination of the mentioned treatments, as stated by WebMD. One of the most important treatments with any type of rectal bleeding is to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids.

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Large amounts of rectal bleeding or bleeding that does not stop, is black or maroon in color or that is accompanied with chest pains, abdominal pain or dizziness should be considered a medical emergency. Anyone with a history of severe anemia, liver disease or bleeding ulcers should contact a medical professional right away if rectal bleeding is a symptom.

Constipation, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, colitis, diverticulitis, polyps, cancer and some medical treatments can cause rectal bleeding. The treatment options are listed below.

  • Pain medicine
  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be used to help alleviate pain and discomfort.

  • Iron Supplements
  • Iron supplements are prescribed as part of treatment for loss of blood or iron deficiencies that may have caused the bleeding.

  • Steroid treatment
  • In order to decrease inflammation, steroid ointments, creams or lotions may be prescribed.

  • Vasoconstrictors
  • This medication helps reduce the size of blood vessels and stops bleeding in some cases.

  • IV treatment
  • An IV helps prevent dehydration treat dehydration.

  • Blood transfusions
  • If a large amount of blood has been lost, a blood transfusion may be ordered.

  • Surgical procedures
  • In some cases, hemorrhoids, polyps and tumors are removed through surgical procedures.

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