A small amount of one-off bleeding from the bottom is not usually a serious problem. But a GP can check.
You might be bleeding from the bottom if you have:
A small amount of one-off bleeding can often go away on its own without needing treatment.
111 will tell you what to do. They can arrange a phone call from a nurse or doctor if you need one.
Get an urgent GP appointment
A GP may be able to treat you.
Ask your GP practice for an urgent appointment.
The GP will check what's causing your symptoms.
Bleeding from the bottom is sometimes a sign of bowel cancer.
This is easier to treat if it's found early, so it's important to get it checked.
If you have other symptoms, this might give you an idea of the cause.
Do not self-diagnose – see your GP if you're worried.
Poo can look like it's mixed with blood if you have eaten a lot of red or purple foods like tomatoes and beetroot.
But it's sometimes a sign of something else. A GP can check if you're worried.
Poo can look very dark or black if you:
But it's sometimes a sign of something else. A GP can do a test to check this if you're worried.