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I have bleeding from my bottom for over a week now. I am

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I have bleeding from my bottom for over a week now. I am agoraphobic so am unable to visit a doctor
Assistant: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: I haven’t seen a dr because I can’t leave the house. I’m not taking any medication
Assistant: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: I take inhalers for asthma. I am allergic to Maxolon
Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: I had achalasia 28 years ago. I was diagnosed with proctitis about 11 years ago and my son has ulcerative colitis
Submitted: 9 days ago.
Category: Medical
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
Is someone looking at my question?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 days ago.

What are your age and gender?

Apart from bleeding do you have pain in the anus or abdomen or any other symptom?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
No pain. A dull ache. Loose stools sometimes. Sometimes excessive wind with blood
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 days ago.

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Customer: replied 9 days ago.
I am 55 and female
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
I also have agoraphobia and never leave my house
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 days ago.

Your symptoms are suggestive of intestinal infection. You may need a course of antibiotics as bleeding usually denote a bacterial infection.

The initial management is as following;

 

1) Pepto Bismol

2) Lomotil; may only be given if the diarrhea is vigorous.

3) Gatorade / Pedialyte

4) Plenty of fluids

5) BRAT diet; banana, rice, applesauce, toast. Vegetable broths / vegetable soups, coconut water also can help.

6) Probiotics

7) A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water twice a day.

 

Dietary measures would help you in regulating the bowels. Vegetables and fruits will help. Probiotics and probiotic yogurt are recommended. You may drink diluted fruit juice, Pedialyte or Gatorade.

Eating foods that are higher in soluble fiber (introducing slowly dried beans, oats, oat bran, rice bran, barley, citrus fruits, apples, strawberries, peas, and potatoes).may aid in making stool firmer. A bland 'BRAT' diet including bananas, toast, oatmeal, white rice, applesauce, and soup/broth may improve symptoms.

Probiotic supplementation has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of bowel issues.

Diverticulitis may be the other possibility of the diagnosis. That too may need the same treatment.

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