Any presence of blood in the stool or the upper gastrointestinal tract is significant and needs medical investigation. Black or dark stools may represent slow bleeding into the GI tract and should be investigated by a physician.
Any significant bleeding into the GI tract, either vomited blood or blood through the rectum, should be evaluated in the emergency department.
There is no home care for heavy gastrointestinal bleeding. Go to a hospital's emergency department. For hemorrhoids or anal fissures, eat a diet high in fiber and fluids to keep stools soft.
You can prevent some causes of gastrointestinal bleeding.
The outcome of treatment for gastrointestinal bleeding greatly depends on the cause and location of the bleeding, the rate of bleeding when you see a doctor, and your age and prior health.
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