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Bottoms Up: A Guide to Tackling the "Bloody" Situation When You Wipe

We have all been there, when you wipe and there is blood on the toilet paper. For many, this can be a jarring experience. There are some common causes for blood when you wipe, oftentimes, just wiping too hard. In this article, we'll explore the common causes of rectal bleeding and how to cut down on irritation on your bum.

Blood on toilet paper after wiping or mixed with stool, can originate from various parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Understanding the source of the bleeding is crucial for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the rectum or anus, and they are one of the most common causes of rectal bleeding. Straining during bowel movements, chronic constipation, or sitting for prolonged periods can contribute to their development. While hemorrhoids can be uncomfortable and cause bleeding, they are usually not dangerous.

Anal Fissures
Anal fissures are small tears in the lining of the anus, often caused by passing large or hard stools. The resulting pain and irritation can lead to bleeding during bowel movements. While anal fissures can be painful, they typically heal on their own with proper self-care measures.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Conditions like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are forms of inflammatory bowel disease that can cause inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract. Rectal bleeding is a common symptom of these conditions, often accompanied by abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss. Proper management under the guidance of a gastroenterologist is essential for controlling IBD symptoms and preventing complications.

Colorectal Cancer
While less common, rectal bleeding can be a warning sign of colorectal cancer, especially in individuals over 50 years old or those with a family history of the disease. Other symptoms may include changes in bowel habits, unintended weight loss, and abdominal discomfort. Early detection through screening tests like colonoscopy significantly improves the chances of successful treatment.

Anal dermatitis, also known as perianal dermatitis or diaper rash in adults, is a common condition characterized by inflammation and irritation of the skin around the anus. While it may not be a topic commonly discussed, anal dermatitis can cause discomfort and affect one's quality of life.

How to treat common causes of bleeding when you wipe
Proper Hygiene: Gentle cleansing of the perianal area with witch hazel, Vitamin B and other natural calming agents, such as Green Tea Extract, after bowel movements can help with irritation and promote healing.

Moisturizers: Applying a barrier cream or ointment, such as zinc oxide or petroleum jelly, can protect the skin and promote healing. Avoid products containing fragrances, dyes, or harsh chemicals.

Topical Steroids: Over-the-counter or prescription-strength corticosteroid creams or ointments may be recommended to reduce inflammation and itching. However, long-term use should be avoided due to potential side effects.

Wipe Gently: As always, avoid strong wiping motions as that can aggravate conditions like hemorrhoids. Moisturize your toilet paper with Fresh Peaches Toilet Paper Gel in order to remove friction and to help relieve symptoms.