Thousand of people around the world in every ethnic group suffer from hemorrhoids which are sometimes also referred as piles.
A question that arises is what are the most common hemorrhoid symptoms?
Listed below are the hemorrhoid symptoms that most sufferer’s exhibit:
- Painless bleeding when using the bathroom, a small amount of bright red blood on the toilet tissue or in the toilet bowl.
- Itching or irritation in your anal region.
- Pain or discomfort.
- Swelling around your anus.
- A lump near your anus, which may be sensitive and/or painful.
- Extreme pain making it hard to walk
Hemorrhoid Symptoms-Types of Hemorrhoids
The type of hemorrhoid symptoms a sufferer exhibits is dependent on the type of hemorrhoids they have. Hemorrhoids come in two types, internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids.
Symptoms of Internal Hemorrhoids
Internal hemorrhoids are located inside the rectal cavity. You usually can’t see or feel this type of hemorrhoids, and usually they go unnoticed and don’t cause the sufferer any discomfort. However straining or forcing usually when constipated when using the bathroom can damage a hemorrhoid’s surface causing it to bleed. Occasionally, straining can cause force an internal hemorrhoid through the anal opening. This is condition is called protruding hemorrhoid or prolapsed hemorrhoid and can be extremely painful.
If a protruding hemorrhoid has its blood supply restricted or cut off it becomes thromboses and will need treatment to ease the pain.
Symptoms of External Hemorrhoids
External hemorrhoids form under the skin in the external anal region. When irritated, external hemorrhoids can itch or bleed. Sometimes blood may pool in an external hemorrhoid and form a clot, which can result in severe pain, swelling and inflammation.
When to Consult a Physician?
Bleeding during bowel movements is the most common hemorrhoid symptom. However it is imperative to remember that rectal bleeding can be caused by other conditions such as: colorectal cancer and anal cancer.
You are not a physician, do not, repeat do not merely assume that bleeding is coming from hemorrhoids, consulting a doctor. A doctor will do the necessary examination and tests to diagnose the cause of whatever symptoms you are exhibiting enabling him/her to rule out more serious conditions such as cancer. Also consider seeking medical advice if your hemorrhoid symptoms.