Common Hemorrhoid Symptoms

Hemorrhoid SymptomsHemorrhoids occur in upwards of fifty percent of the populations. 

The most common signs are itching, irritation, soreness in the rectal area and bleeding after a bowel movement.

Hemorrhoid symptoms will vary depending on whether the hemorrhoids are internal or external. 

Internal hemorrhoids may be present for years with no symptoms at all. 

When internal hemorrhoids are discovered it is usually because blood is found in the stool, in the toilet, in ones underwear or noticed on the toilet paper after wiping.

With internal hemorrhoids that have progressed in severity, other signs may be present such as leakage of fluid from the rectum or hemorrhoids coming out of the anus during a bowel movement. 

In most cases if hemorrhoids protrude from the anus during a bowel movement they will recede on their own.  If not, it will be necessary to gently push them back in. 

At this stage a visit to a doctor should be considered because the condition is progressing and may require medical intervention.




External hemorrhoids are easier to detect than internal hemorrhoids

Signs of external hemorrhoids are irritation, itching and soreness in the rectal area.  External hemorrhoids are often accompanied by soft painful lumps under the skin surrounding the rectum.

Although annoying external hemorrhoids can typically be treated with over the counter hemorrhoid creams, ointments or pads, witch hazel, sitz baths, aloe, and Tylenol or Aleve.

Occasionally with external hemorrhoids it is possible to develop a thrombosed hemorrhoid. 

This occurs when the blood supply to the hemorrhoid is cut off and a clot develops. 

A thrombosed external hemorrhoid is extremely painful and may require medical attention if the pain cannot be controlled with these over the counter or home hemorrhoid remedies. 

When using home remedies for relief it can take up to two weeks for a thrombosed hemorrhoid to clear up.

Most cases of internal and external hemorrhoids can be managed without seeking medical attention. 

However if you experience excessive bleeding or severe pain you should contact your physician for alternative treatments. 

Treatments can vary from simple in office procedures such as rubber band ligation up to hemorrhoidectomy depending on the severity of your hemorrhoids.

If you are uncertain that the symptoms you have are hemorrhoid related it is important to consult with a physician before using self treatment options. 

The physician will perform an examination and determine whether the symptoms stem from hemorrhoids or other more advanced medical conditions which share some of the same symptoms as hemorrhoids. 


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