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Posted by: Bokkie | 2009-01-12

Bleeding through rectum

What could cause bleeding? I had a fever of 40 yesterday morning, severe back and muscle ache. Headache and nausea. It subsided during the day and last night, though a slight headache and muscle ache still remains. This afternoon I noticed some blood from my rectum though I didn' t need to defficate.

I don' t use any medicaion with the exception of Premarin and Aspirin 75mg. No anal sex, no piles. I' m in a nabouring African country on vacation and wouldn' t like to use the local hospital.

Please advise as soon as possible.

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Hallo Bokkie
It could be an infection in the bowel, and you may need Ciprobay antibiotics. If you have diarrhoea, vomiting and high fever you should see a doctor as you will definitely dehydrate and become very ill. If the blood is more than a teaspoonful, clear red or looks like red currant jelly, you should definitely not ignore it. See if the local hotel does not have a medical facility?
Dr Bets

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