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I Have Been Having Ribbon Stools

Published: December 01, 2015
Dear TeenHealthFX,

 I have been noticing frequent, ribbon like stools, accompanied by blood on the toilet paper after some wiping. Wiping itself can go on forever and most of the time I never feel satisfied, thus I've been going a lot more than usual. After the first stool of the day it takes a while for blood to come, but blood becomes more frequent as the day goes on. I have also noticed brown stains on my boxers from time to time. My diet and sleep pattern has been thrown off by college. I'm really nervous and this is highly embarrassing. Do you have any idea how to handle this?



Dear I Have Been Having Ribbon Stools,

The reality is that you need to see a doctor. The only way to get an accurate diagnosis is to be examined by a doctor and get a necessary follow up testing. 

Be aware that excessive rubbing or cleaning around the anus may cause irritation with additional bleeding and/or itching, which can make the symptoms worse.


The sooner you make an appointment with a doctor the sooner you will know what is going on. This will go a long way to relieving any anxiety you might be experiencing over your health.


A good option is to check if your school has a Health Services Department. Many colleges have doctors and Advanced Nurse Practitioners on campus or they can direct you to the appropriate health care provider in your area. If you are living at home or close to home you can make an appointment with your own doctor.  If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment.


Signed: TeenHealthFX