The Symptoms of Intestinal Hemorrhage

Bloody discharges from the bowels, either pure or mixed with natural discharges; when the bleeding is excessive, fainting and other symptoms will usually result from loss of blood.

The most common cause of intestinal hemorrhage is hemorrhoids, or piles. Hemorrhage from the bowels also frequently occurs in connection with ulcer of the stomach, cancer of the bowels, typhoid fever, dysentery, and some other diseases. If the bleeding is severe, it probably originates from some other cause than hemorrhoids. It is imperative that the most complete rest should be maintained. Ice compresses should be applied to the abdomen, and iced water should be injected into the rectum. The patient may be allowed to swallow small bits of ice, but little good can be accomplished by remedies taken into the stomach, as they will not be likely to reach the seat of hemorrhage until too late to be of any value. When the bleeding comes from piles, the application of ice compresses or of bladders filled with iced water should be made to the affected part. When bleeding is habitual, it is very important that the patient's diet should be regulated carefully. He should abstain from meat almost entirely; the less eaten, the better. Eggs may be eaten once a day, but vegetables, fruits, and grains should be the principal diet. If the bleeding is supposed to come from plethora, the suggestions made for the relief of that condition should be carefully followed. It is of especial importance that the patient should abstain from all kinds of spirituous liquors, fat meats, and, in fact, meats of all kinds, The diet should be restricted to as small an amount as is consistent with comfort, and the strength of the patient. Patients of this class are generally excessive eaters.