Hemorrhoid symptoms can manifest themselves in various ways, depending on the intensity and location of the hemorrhoid.
The most common symptom is bleeding during bowel movements, which can indicate an internal or external hemorrhoid. Blood may reflect itself on the stool or on toilet paper.
Hemorrhoids Symptoms – Internal Hemorrhoids
Internal hemorrhoids are typically pain free unless they become prolapsed.
Other common hemorrhoid symptoms include feeling the need for further bowel movement – even if you believe you have just completed a bowel movement.
This sensation is caused by the hemorrhoid pressing on the large intestine.
Hemorrhoid Symptoms – External Hemorrhoids
External hemorrhoids may cause pain, particularly when they become thrombosed.
Hemorrhoid symptoms for external hemorrhoids can include pain, itching, tenderness, skin irritation and swelling. Additional symptoms commonly include fecal showings on underwear and mucus excretion.
If hemorrhoid conditions worsen and become more pronounced, where the hemorrhoids become prolapsed or thrombosed, an individual’s lifestyle can be impacted.
Sitting and/or standing for long stretches can become intolerable. Immediate hemorrhoid treatment should be started before conditions worsen.
Changes in bowel habits should be immediately explored by a doctor as these changes could be symptoms of more serious issues.
Bleeding hemorrhoids, whether of an internal or external nature, can result in a show of blood and become noticed either in the stool or on the toilet paper.
Bleeding from the anal region should always be taken seriously, especially if the bleeding continues after two or three days.
Bleeding can occur on a sporadic basis under the stress of constipation. If you find that the bleeding is of a more continuous nature, then please see your doctor.
Who is at Risk?
Bleeding hemorrhoids are usually experienced by the elderly, pregnant women, individuals with bowel diseases, such as diverticulosis and colitis, alcoholics and smokers. Also affected are individuals who are obese or inactive.
The most common cause for bleeding hemorrhoids is straining during a bowel movement, particularly if the constipation is constant. Moreover, as one ages and constipation is more prevalent, the anal canal becomes compromised with the weakened tissue.
Many pregnant women experience constipation, especially in the latter months, and this can lead to bleeding during a bowel movement if hemorrhoids have already developed.
If bleeding persists for more than 3 days, serious conditions should be ruled out, such as cancer.
A prolapsed hemorrhoid is a hemorrhoid which originates at the interior of the anal canal but pushes through the anal opening.
At times a prolapsed hemorrhoid can be pushed back into the anal canal but this can result in a great deal of pain.
Some of the symptoms of a prolapsed hemorrhoid are severe pain and inflammation of the exterior protruding tissue. A show of blood either on toilet paper or the stool and the feeling of an incomplete bowel movement are also common symptoms.
Who’s At Risk?
Prolapsed hemorrhoids are generally experienced by cigarette smokers, hypertensives, pregnant women and the obese. In the case of obesity, the rectal veins become severely compromised with the extensive weight pressure.
Smoking during a bowel movement increases the possibility of severe bleeding.
A prolapsed hemorrhoid is the result of pushing too hard during a bowel movement but can also be caused by obesity and smoking during the bowel movement itself.
There are a variety of ways to treat a prolapsed hemorrhoid. Many experience comfort through changes in the diet, the use of soothing compounds, or adjusting bodily positions during bowel movements or sleeping.
Diets rich in roughage, along with plenty of fluids, will produce a softer stool.
Solutions and Treatments
Raising your legs with a pillow when in a horizontal position, and standing in a squat position during a bowel movement, can reduce pressure in the anal region.
Exercise, drinking water and diets rich in roughage will assist in creating a softer stool and eliminate constipation. Stool softeners and fiber supplements can be used by individuals not getting enough natural fiber in their diets.
A thrombosed hemorrhoid is a hemorrhoid which originates at the entrance of the anal canal and has produced a blood clot.
A blood clot, which is a formation of blood cells not moving, can become very inflamed and painful.
A thrombosed external hemorrhoid is the most excruciating and painful condition of any of the hemorrhoids and can lead to infection. It is for this reason that measures must be taken to rectify this type of hemorrhoid immediately.
Who is At Risk?
Thrombosed hemorrhoids are generally experienced by individuals with bowel disorders, young adults (sitting at computers for long periods of time and not getting any circulation) and pregnant women.
A thrombosed hemorrhoid has several possible causes. One is inactivity, which leads to poor circulation. Other causes of thrombosed external hemorrhoids are straining during bowel movements and constipation.