Do you have hemorrhoids?  Unsure? If you have or think that you may have hemorrhoids, your first step should be to validate your symptoms. By learning what symptoms you are exhibiting, you can evaluate what sort of treatment and care and you need. There are many different symptoms of hemorrhoids.

The most ordinary symptom of hemorrhoids is bleeding.  At times, bleeding only occurs when the hemorrhoids initially appear. Mostly, if you have hemorrhoids, you will observe blood on your stool. You may also see blood on your underwear. If you have experienced these symptoms and think you might have hemorrhoids, the next step is to visit your doctor. Your doctor will examine your anus for the bleeding and swollen blood vessels. However, bleeding is the least of the discomfort that can occur with hemorrhoids.

Bleeding, in addition to an internal hemorrhoid will sometimes progress from the interior of the rectum, where it has become swollen, to the exterior of the body – the anus. In addition to bleeding and irritation, you may find the area of your anus sore and swollen. You may also experience pain and irritation. All of these indications are suggestive of a prolapsed hemorrhoid.

When a hemorrhoid is external, in addition to causing bleeding, you may feel noticeable inflammation in the area of your anus. This can suggest that a series of blood clots have formed from bleeding under the skin. This can cause more pain and swelling  on top of the pain the hemorrhoid may already be causing you.

Other hemorrhoid indications may occur when you move your bowels. It is easy for hemorrhoids to become irritated every time you move your bowels. For instance, straining  that occurs regularly will cause the hemorrhoids to bleed more and cause more pain. Rubbing or cleaning the area of the anus can also cause hemorrhoids to become irritated.

When hemorrhoids become irritated it can cause more throbbing in the area of the anus and may cause itching. The itching may happen due to the body’s production of mucus in that area. This irritates the hemorrhoids and causes them to become more tender. Unchecked, this cycle of inflammation and irritation can cause more serious problems and pain that won’t easily go away.

Hemorrhoids are easily identifiable by the signs above. While other symptoms may occur as well, these are the most prevalent. Other symptoms you encounter may be due to a digestive disease or could be a reaction to continuous irritation to the area of the rectum. Learning the symptoms of hemorrhoids can help you know whether you have them.  Knowing if you have hemorrhoids is the  initial step in treating them succesfully.

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