Bloody diarrhea or chronic diarrhea is usually a result of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. Blood in your stools indicates the presence of a foreign element in your intestines. Hence it has to be taken seriously and considered a medical emergency. The presence of blood in stools is not visible to the naked eye as it is present in very small amounts and can only be found through a fecal occult blood test. However, if there is a change in the color of your stool it is good to see a doctor immediately. There are various factors that cause bloody diarrhea and each one needs to be investigated and treated accordingly.
Depending on where the bleeding is, the color of your stools can vary from black to maroon to bright red. A black colored stool means the bleeding is in the upper gastrointestinal tract. This usually happens due to stomach ulcers and inflammation due to medicines like ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin. A maroon or bright red color indicates the bleeding is in the lower part of the gastrointestinal tract. This is commonly caused because of hemorrhoids and diverticulosis.
Salmonella is the most common cause of bloody diarrhea. Consumption of salmonella infected food is the easiest way to get this bacterium into your system. This is also the most common cause for food poisoning cases. Many meat, poultry and dairy products have been found to be infected with this bacterium.
People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are also prone to prolonged diarrhea. In some cases this condition can be cured by changing dietary habits and including lots of raw vegetables and fruits in your diet.
Most of the times, bloody diarrhea or chronic diarrhea could be due to diseases caused by parasites like Giardia Lamblia, Entamoeba Histolytica and Norwalk virus. These are contracted when you come in contact with unsanitary water or conditions. Hence it is advisable to wash your hands properly and thoroughly after touching waste.
Preventing Bloody Diarrhea
- Include lots of vegetables and fiber-rich food in your diet. This will help in reducing constipation, colon cancer, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis.
- Switch to Organic food products which contain less amount of chemicals and pesticides
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin for long periods as these can cause stomach ulcers and lead to bloody diarrhea.
- Start an exercise regime to stay healthy and also help the system to rid the toxins generated.
- Check out the colon cleansing therapy to cleanse your colon and make bowel movements easier.