A man makes a horrified face while looking at toilet paper; weird stool concept

2. Bloody, Bright Red Stool

It should go without saying that bloody stool is not good. What causes this alarming condition, though?

Why is it red?

There are many reasons why blood may appear in your waste. One simple cause is tearing around the opening of the anus, which may be the result of constipation or wiping too hard with toilet paper.

What else causes bloody stool?

Other potential causes of bloody stool that are serious include:

  • Angiodysplasia (bursting of abnormally fragile blood vessels)
  • Cancer
  • Colon inflammation (colitis)
  • Diverticulitis and Meckel’s diverticula
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Polyps
  • Proctitis (inflamed inner lining of the rectum)
  • Ulcers

So far, we’ve covered what stool should not look like. What is the ideal stool you want to find in your toilet bowl?…

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