Rectal Bleeding Diagnosis and Treatment Clinic in Oak Park, IL
If you are suffering from anemia, change in bowel habits, constipation, and diarrhea, come to Diamond Gastroenterology. We provide rectal bleeding diagnosis and treatment to any individual who notices blood in their stool along with the symptoms mentioned. For an appointment, please feel free to call us or schedule one through our website. We serve patients from Oak Park, IL and surrounding areas.
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What doctor do I see for rectal bleeding?
What are symptoms that could cause rectal bleeding?
When should you worry about rectal bleeding?
Seeing blood in your stool can be alarming and unsettling. With that being said, rectal bleeding is fairly common and usually mild. At the same time, since rectal bleeding could indicate the presence of a more severe condition, it is nonetheless important to check in with your primary care physician or gastroenterologist just in case. At Diamond Gastroenterology, we would be happy to evaluate your symptoms and provide any necessary treatment if you are dealing with rectal bleeding.
If you are experiencing rectal bleeding, your primary care physician will usually provide an initial assessment and may refer you to a gastroenterologist, which is a specialist who focuses on the health and illnesses that affect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and digestive system. As such, gastroenterologists specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating conditions that affect several different organs and bodily functions, including the esophagus, colon (large intestine), rectum, and anus. With that in mind, gastroenterologists are well-trained and skilled to provide accurate diagnoses and highly effective treatment for rectal bleeding.
If you are looking for a board-certified gastroenterologist in Oak Park, IL, to help with rectal bleeding, we welcome you to come to Diamond Gastroenterology! Dr. Ilysa Diamond, DO, is a board-certified gastroenterologist with over 15 years of experience in effectively diagnosing and treating various gastrointestinal disorders and issues, such as rectal bleeding and the conditions that contribute to it.
There are numerous conditions and symptoms that can lead to rectal bleeding, ranging from mild and temporary to chronic or severe conditions. That said, most cases of rectal bleeding are easily treated and not serious. With that in mind, some common symptoms that cause rectal bleeding include the following:
– Anemia: While anemia does not directly cause rectal bleeding, it is often associated with it, due to loss of blood. Anemia is a condition in which there is a hemoglobin deficiency in the blood, whereby the body lacks enough healthy red blood cells to provide sufficient oxygen supply to the organs and tissues. When your body loses blood through rectal bleeding, it can lead to anemia.
– Change in bowel habits: changes in the frequency of bowel movements can lead to rectal bleeding, while changes in the appearance of the stool (darker looking, tarry appearance) can indicate the presence of rectal bleeding.
– Constipation: when an individual strains too hard during a bowel movement, typically due to constipation, rectal bleeding can occur as a result, as well as anal fissures and hemorrhoids. If your stool is very hard, it can sometimes cause the skin around the anus to tear, which can also cause rectal bleeding with constipation.
– Diarrhea: diarrhea can lead to hemorrhoids or anal fissures, which are tears in the lining of the anus, which can result in rectal bleeding.
While the sign of blood in your stool should not cause panic, it is a good idea to speak with your doctor whenever you experience rectal bleeding. That said, certain foods can also make your stool appear darker, such as beets, licorice, dark berries, and red gelatin. As such, it is also a good idea to consider anything you might have eaten recently that may contribute to the appearance of rectal bleeding.
Although most cases of rectal bleeding are not serious, they can indicate serious health conditions, such as colorectal cancer or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). As such, you should contact your primary care physician or a gastroenterologist if you notice rectal bleeding to rule out any serious health condition. We serve patients from Oak Park IL, River Forest IL, Cicero IL, River Grove IL, Forest Park IL, Berwyn IL, Melrose Park IL, Elmwood Park IL, Chicago IL, La Grange IL, Broadview IL, and surrounding areas.