If you never had a hemorrhoid before, it is hard to understand how a small lump can
cause such a discomfort. It makes it easy to laugh at or see the lighter aspect of
this problem. But if you have had the unfortunate experience of dealing with hemorrhoids,
then you know that this small bump is not a laughing matter, rather a frustrating
and irritating one.
Range of Symptoms
Getting hemorrhoids is not a life-threatening matter. It is usually a discomfort
that leaves on its own after a few days. But it certainly does cause a discomfort
that range from a mild, irritating itching in the anus, to a more serious type of
pain that will need emergency treatment. The symptoms also vary depending on where
the hemorrhoid appears.
Although it is not at all life threatening, it is important to know what the symptoms
are for identification purposes as well as to determine whether a symptom is caused
by a less threatening problem or a more serious one.
External Hemorrhoid Symptoms
The main symptom of external hemorrhoids is discomfort. The pain or discomfort is
especially significant if it is caused by a thrombosed hemorrhoid which is when a
blood clot happens in the hemorrhoid. This, then, usually causes an increased irritation
and pain. The pain might be sufficient enough to cause some problems with passing
stool or even just sitting.
When this occurs, doctor intervention is usually needed. There are also instances
when bleeding occurs due to rupturing the hemorrhoid after a straining bowel movement.
Internal Hemorrhoid Symptoms
The common symptom of an internal hemorrhoid is rectal bleeding, in which one finds
streaks of blood that line a toilet paper (after using it of course), or even at
the surface of your stool. This is the most usual symptom although it is not the
Itching also is quite a frequent complaint. The reason behind this symptom is the
fact that internal hemorrhoids usually seep mucus that unfortunately irritate the
skin in the anus and thus, cause the itching. The hemorrhoid can also secrete mucus
that further aggravates the irritation and the itching sensation.
Discomfort is also a common symptom. As with the external hemorrhoid, a bulging of
the hemorrhoid can occur and if this bulging occurs at the end of the large intestine
or the anal canal, then the discomfort usually occurs. There are also some instances
that people feel the need to pass stool again, even after a bowel movement, which
is caused by this growth.
Although majority of hemorrhoids do not cause too much pain, there are instances
when the bulge that forms from the anus leads to some degree of pain. This is due
to the fact that these bulges are often swelling and are squeezed by muscles that
control the contracting movements of the anus. If severe pain occurs, then a strangulated
hemorrhoid might have developed, which is a hemorrhoid that is cut off of any blood
supply. When this occurs, there will be a need for emergency treatment.
More often that not, hemorrhoids go away by themselves. However, if hemorrhoids persist
and the pain intensifies, it is often a good idea to get it checked out.