Identifying Hemorrhoid Symptoms
Hemorrhoids can occur in anyone, at anytime, and without warning. It is highly unlikely that you will notice any hemorrhoid symptoms until after your hemorrhoid has developed and started causing pain, irritation, and bleeding. Although hemorrhoids are very uncomfortable, they will usually heal on their own and there are many over the counter medications that will help to relieve irritating symptoms while they are healing. Most people will notice a few common symptoms when they develop hemorrhoids and these symptoms can vary from person to person and in severity.
What is The Most Common Hemorrhoid Symptom?
The most common hemorrhoids symptom is bleeding. Fresh blood on the stool or on the toilet paper after you wipe is the most common and one of the most disturbing symptoms of hemorrhoids. Sometimes a small amount of blood will even drip into the toilet during a bowel movement. Internal hemorrhoids cause blood on the stool and external hemorrhoids can cause blood to drip into the toilet. Some people do not notice blood, but if you strain while having a bowel movement, which is one of the main causes of hemorrhoids, chances are you will see a small amount of blood. While a small amount of blood on your stool can indicate hemorrhoids, large amounts of unexplained bleeding form the anus can be a symptom of a more severe problem and you should consult your doctor.
Other Common Symptoms
Another hemorrhoids symptom that is common especially with external hemorrhoids is pain. Both external and internal hemorrhoids can cause pain but external hemorrhoids are more likely to become painful from touching or rubbing by clothing and from wiping after a bowel movement. No everyone with hemorrhoids experiences pain, but this type of sensation is often the result of hemorrhoids.
Itching and burning are also common symptoms of hemorrhoids and often occur before any pain. There are many over the counter ointments and wipes that are made to relieve the itching and burning of hemorrhoids. Inflamed skin and blood vessels can cause these annoying symptoms and it is important not to rub or further irritate hemorrhoids with uncomfortable clothing as this can cause them to get worse and can eventually cause pain.
How to Identify Symptoms of External Hemorrhoids
Another less common but obvious symptom of hemorrhoids is a small protruding sac from the anus. Normally external hemorrhoids will manifest with this type of symptom, but sometimes an internal hemorrhoid that is particularly inflamed will also protrude outside of the anus. These protrusions often cause the most pain, itching, burning, and irritation but luckily most heal on their own. It is rare that a protruding hemorrhoid will persist for more than a couple of weeks, especially if you take action to soften your stools and do not strain while having a bowel movement. On some rare occasions when protruding hemorrhoids do not heal on their own surgery is needed but this scenario is uncommon. If you notice any of these symptoms you most likely have a hemorrhoid. Most of the time you can use over the counter medications to treat symptoms but if your symptoms persist or are very severe it is best to consult a doctor.