Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are the result of dilated veins in the anal or rectum. It is similar to varicose veins, only being the veins in the anus part affected. The common indication is discomforting pain during the passing of stool. However, blood clots, blood stool, and swelling also occur depending upon the hemorrhoid type you have.
Symptoms of piles vary for internal and external hemorrhoids-the common two types of hemorrhoids.
- Discomforting pain
- Blood Stool
The symptoms of the external hemorrhoids are visible, occurs right beneath the epidermis of the anus.
A continuous, repeated, frequent strain in the bowel movement, also accompanied with the blood discharges in the stool, results in external hemorrhoids.
The symptoms of external hemorrhoids are,
- itching around the anus or rectal area
- lumps near or around the anus
- enlargement of vessels in the anus area
- pain around the anus
- blood in the stool
Severe constipation is the profound reason for the external hemorrhoids, but if the pain continues to persist more than 48-72 hours, schedule an examination with a doctor.
If the severity is high, dizziness, fainting sensation, and an extensive amount of blood loss in the stool also occur.
One cannot feel the internal hemorrhoids symptoms or see them with naked eyes because they lie inside the rectum. The common symptoms of internal hemorrhoids are,
- Bleeding stool, without pain, but can be a discomfort if straining is repeated.
- Incase if hemorrhoid pushed by vigorous strain movement through the anus then severe pain will occur; prolapsed internal hemorrhoid
- Visible symptoms such as blood in the toilet paper and toilet bowl
Sometimes internal hemorrhoids can also be a cause of digestive tract problems.
If internal hemorrhoid continues to last more than three days, seek immediate medical emergency to prevent any serious damages like anal cancers.
The hemorrhoid that lasts without being treated and continues to cause discomfort and pain can protrude and shrink intermittently. This results in the prolapsed Hemorrhoid. The common symptoms include,
- Lumps: a small or medium-sized bump in your anus after your bowel movement. The vein in your anus is swollen and it results in the formation of this protrude. It is tender, not painful to touch. The bump is harmless by itself.
- Bleeding: you will notice blood in your toilet paper or even on your underwear between your bowel movements. The blood will be watery and bright red. It is the opposite of the color of the blood that usually comes from your intestine or stomach.
- Itching: the skin around the anus becomes itchy because the prolapsed internal hemorrhoid brings along the mucus while passing through the anus. The mucus causes the skin to react sensitively, making the surface to become itchy.
- Discomfort: Feels like severe constipation at all times. Even after the loo-time, the sense of incomplete evacuation will persist. Also, there is pressure and discomfort while sitting down. It is a result of the straining in the bowel movement
Prolapsed hemorrhoids need medical attention for sure. It is associated with many other risk complications that when left untreated leads to extensive damages.
Thrombosed Hemorrhoid Symptom
Medical news today defines Thrombosed hemorrhoids as the condition resulting when sacs in the anal passage get pushed onto the outside of the anus and fill with blood clots. The blood clots when passing through the bowel results in painful discharge.
The common symptoms of the thrombosed hemorrhoid symptoms are
- Discomfort while walking, sitting, or even standing. Physical movements lead to high discomfort as the laborious work increases.
- Blood stool accompanied by pain
- Lumps, bumps are formed around the anus
- Itchy skin in and around the anus
Thrombosed hemorrhoids disappear in 48 hours because the blood clots are reabsorbed by the body itself. In case they don’t get dissolved, the discomfort will continue to last more than 3 days, and reach out to a doctor for a physical examination.
Bleeding Hemorrhoid Symptoms
When the thrombosed hemorrhoid swells, it ruptures and bleeds, resulting in bleeding hemorrhoids. The symptoms of bleeding hemorrhoid include,
- Itchy skin around the anus
- Bumps or lumps are formed after the bowel movement (can feel the lump while cleaning yourself after the bowel movement)
- Mucous discharge along with the blood stool
- Painful discharge during the bowel movement
- Bright red, slightly watery stool
- Irritation while walking, standing, sitting, and also discharging the stool
- The stool is stuck inside the anus and difficulty in bowel
- Difficult to clean up after the bowel movement
- Irritating skin, slightly inflamed skin after the bowel (mild burning)
If the blood loss is in small amounts and only happened on a rare occasion like just three months once, it is not a threatening condition. But in case of repeated occurrence, at small intervals infrequent days, schedule an examination with the doctor.
What causes Hemorrhoids?
A sedentary lifestyle is a primary reason for piles or hemorrhoids. The symptoms and signs will vanish away if the diet is altered to healthy eating and physical activity is adjusted according to the body type.
Improper digestion, with the poor metabolic rate (digestive fire), results in hemorrhoids. Few common causes of hemorrhoids are,
- Straining bowel movement
- Longer loo time frequently
- Improper eating such as intake high junk or unhealthy fats
- Low fiber, starch, and protein intake
- Diarrhea and watery stool
- Having often Anal intercourse
- Lifting heavy objects or doing jobs that require moving heavy heavy things around
- Genetic conditions with a family history of hemorrhoids
When to see a doctor?
All types of hemorrhoids go away in a few days- from 48 hours to 72 hours. When taking small home remedies like eating fiber-rich content, taking hot showers, doing some exercises can release the pressure of hemorrhoids and not cause any more problems.
In worst cases, a doctor’s guidance is advised,
- If constant hemorrhoid pain persists more than 3 days
- If constant bleeding from hemorrhoid doesn’t stop in 3 days
- If drops of blood in the toilet bowl is of the massive amount
- If a bluish lump on the anus, which indicates that the hemorrhoid is likely thrombosed