Common Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
The signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids vary depending on whether you’re suffering from internal or external hemorrhoids. Here are some common symptoms of both types.
Internal Hemorrhoid Symptoms
Bleeding and the presence of a protruding bulge near the rectum or anus are the most common symptoms of internal hemorrhoids. While they may cause discomfort, hemorrhoids are typically painless. Because hemorrhoids are not the only type of anorectal pathology that can cause bleeding in/around the rectum, it’s important to report any unusual symptoms to your physician right away so he or she can determine the root cause of your bulging tissue, bleeding, discomfort, etc.
External Hemorrhoid Symptoms
Unlike internal hemorrhoids, which develop underneath the lining of the lower rectum, external hemorrhoids develop near/outside the anus and are covered by highly sensitive skin. External hemorrhoids are associated with the typical symptoms including itching, burning, irritation, and general annoyance associated with the swelling. However, if a thrombus (or blood clot) develops within the external hemorrhoid, it can harden and become extremely painful (especially during bowel movements or sitting).
Unlike internal hemorrhoids, external ones don’t typically bleed unless they are faced with so much pressure from a thrombus that they rupture, in which case they may bleed heavily.
When to Seek Help
- Blood in Stool or Near Anus
- Protruding Bulge Near Anus
- Discomfort in the Anal Region
- Itchiness in the Anal Region
- Swelling of the Anal Region
- Pain While Sitting or During Bowel Movements