Blood in Stools?

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 11/17/2006 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok...I am kind of freaking out right now...I went to the bathroom earlier & had somewhat loose stools & they looked like they had a reddish/orange tint to them?????  I am wondering if it can maybe be because I didnt eat much yesterday until about 8 lastnight.  And when I ate I had some pototoes, chicken and some ketchup with it.  Could the ketchup have maybe changed the colors of them temporarily?  The first bowel movement I had this morning was normal (well normal for IBS) and it was normal color too...before I call up my doctor freaking out, what exactly does blood in stools look like?  Is it bright red or what???  confused

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 11/17/2006 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Blood in stools is usually black/dark unless it comes right from around the anus--i.e. hemmroids. They can show bright red blood. But I have often found the color of my stools doesn't match the color on the toilet paper--and I think the paper a more correct indicator of what's going on. Did your toilet paper appear to have bright red blood on it? If it was orangish, then that was almost certainly not blood.

I have found the looser my stools, the more likely I am to get odd colors, odd smells and odd pieces of undigested food in them. And don't forget that liquids will color your stools. Fruit punch Kool-Aid will really turn your stools red when they are loose (haven't noticed it happening when they're not lose, though). Anything with red food coloring in it--Kool-Aid, colas, foods, etc.--can potentially turn your stools red. Funny, but naturally-colored foods--like ketchup, don't seem to make as big a color impact unless you eat loads and loads. Seems it gets pretty broken down, unlike artificial food colors which just get passed out.
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