What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?
Symptoms of hemorrhoids usually depend on their location:
- Internal hemorrhoids can't be seen or felt. But straining or irritation from passing stool can harm a hemorrhoid's delicate surface and cause bleeding. You may notice small amounts of bright red blood on your toilet tissue or in the toilet bowl. Because internal anal membranes lack pain-sensitive nerve fibers, these hemorrhoids usually do not cause discomfort. However, you may experience a feeling of fullness in your rectum following a bowel movement. Occasionally, straining can push an internal hemorrhoid through the anal opening. If a hemorrhoid remains prolapsed, it can cause pain and irritation.
- In general, the symptoms of external hemorrhoids are different than the symptoms of internal hemorrhoids. External hemorrhoids can be felt as bulges at the anus, but they usually cause few of the symptoms that are typical of internal hemorrhoids. External hemorrhoids tend to be painful. Sometimes blood may pool in an external hemorrhoid and form a clot (thrombus), causing severe pain, swelling and inflammation. When irritated, external hemorrhoids can itch or bleed.
The typical symptoms of hemorrhoids include:
- light red anal bleeding that may streak the bowel movement or the toilet paper.
- light red blood in stool - (blody stool).
- pain or tenderness during bowel movements (anal pain).
- painful swelling or a lump at the anus.
- anal itching.
- mucous anal discharge.
Visit a doctor if:
-you notice occurrence of any anal bleeding for the first time, even if you believe you have hemorrhoids. Colon polyps , colitis , Crohn's disease , and colorectal cancer can also cause anal bleeding. An exact diagnosis is essential.
-you have been diagnosed with hemorrhoids, and you have anal bleeding that is chronic or more profuse than the streaking described above. Though rare, excessive hemorrhoidal bleeding can cause anemia.