Hemorrhoid Symptoms and Signs

Rectum structure | Hemorrhoid symptoms | Signs of hemorrhoidsAs you may know, hemorroids are an absolutely painful condition. Thankfully for most people, if you learn to spot those hemorrhoid symptoms as early as possible, chances are that you won’t actually end up experiencing even half of the pain or discomfort. On this page I want to run you through the various signs of hemorrhoids that can present themselves. I also want to teach you a little bit about when you should visit the doctor and when you may be fine treating it yourself.

Bear in mind that it is unlikely that all of these hemorrhoid symptoms will present themselves. In fact, it is likely that the more severe of them will not appear until much later on. The symptoms that occur will depend on where the hemorrhoids are located. I will discuss that later on though. For now, let’s take a little look at the various symptoms of hemorrhoids!

The main Hemorrhoid Symptoms and Signs of Hemorrhoids you should be aware of are as follows

  • Bleeding during bowel movements. You will notice this in either the stools, on the tissue when you wipe, or in the toilet bowl. You need to remember that this is not a symptom that is limited just to hemorrhoids and thus is something that you will need to get checked out as soon as you can. This bleeding is often going to be painless, although in some cases people may feel a little bit of irritation when they wipe. Bleeding can occur in people that do not suffer from hemorrhoids. It is often because they ‘strained’ too hard. You will only need to get it checked out if it happens too often.
  • If you have external (and in some cases internal) hemorrhoids then the chances are that you will feel as though your anal area is itching and being irritated a lot. If this happens then you will be able to pick up some cream which can ease the discomfort considerably. You should be able to pick this up easily from your pharmacy. Don’t be embarrassed to describe your hemorrhoid symptoms to them!
  • Swelling around the anus (accompanied with the bleeding) may occur with external hemorrhoids or internal hemorrhoids which have pushed themselves out.
  • There may sometimes be a lump around your anus, this is more than likely going to be extremely painful, if not sensitive. Some people do not experience any pain in it though, so do try and keep an eye out for lumps around the anal area, especially if you are in one of the ‘at risk’ groups for hemorrhoids.
  • During the later stages there may, but there may not always be, a leakage of feces from the anus. You will most likely notice this in your underwear. As with most of the other symptoms on this list however, if this happens, it could indicate a completely different condition!

woman in need of hemorrhoids treatmentAll of these signs of hemorrhoids can present themselves. You may not even experience any of them. The one which is more likely to occur than the others in the bleeding from the rectum. This is something that you should always be on the lookout for, especially older men, as it could indicate something which is a great deal more serious than hemorrhoids. If it is painful when you sit down (often in the later stages of the condition) then you may want to talk to a doctor who will be able to ease that pain drastically rather quickly!

As I mentioned previously, the signs of hemorrhoids will depend on where they are located. If the Hemorrhoids are located internally then it is highly unlikely that you will feel them at all. You certainly will not be able to feel them. The only way that you are really know about them is if your stools start to push against them. This is going to lead to blood in the stools. If you do strain too hand then there is a chance that the hemorrhoid can come through the anal opening. This IS going to cause severe pain and discomfort.

It is often the external hemorrhoids which cause the most pain and discomfort. These will be located right underneath the skin around your anus. These are what swell up and cause severe pain and discomfort. These will of course need to be dealt with by a doctor as soon as possible.

When should you see a doctor for Hemorrhoids?

So, when should you see a doctor to deal with your hemorrhoids? Well, I suggest that as soon as you notice blood in your stools you visit a doctor as soon as possible, especially if you do not see anything visible that can be causing it. This is because there are a number of conditions which can cause blood in the stools, many of them life threatening, which means you need to deal with them as soon as possible! If the hemorrhoids are external and you can see them then it may be best if you grab some all natural hemorrhoid treatment and use that. If this DOES NOT work then visit your doctor because they will be the only ones who will be able to prescribe you something that does.

If your stools are tarry or black then you will need to visit the doctor the same day. This is because it could indicate severe bleeding elsewhere in your digestive system, which of course means that the problem is going to be a great deal worse than standard hemorrhoids.

As you can see, there are a number of hemorrhoid symptoms and signs of hemorrhoids. I suggest that if you are in one of the ‘at risk’ groups you keep an eye out for them. Remember, the sooner that you deal with the problem, the less chance that you are going to be put through that severe pain that so many sufferers need to put up with. Dealing with ‘early’ hemorrhoids is also a great deal easier to clear up in any case. Do NOT let the problem get out of hand. This will be a decision that you live to regret, trust me.

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