Symptoms of Hemorrhoids

What are the Symptoms of Hemorrhoids?

Rectal bleeding is the most common symptom of hemorrhoids. However, rectal bleeding can be a symptom of something more serious like colorectal cancer or other diseases of the digestive system. That’s why it’s important to see a physician who is skilled in treating diseases of the colon and rectum. Other symptoms include itching, pain, or sensitivity. In many cases there are no noticeable symptoms.

Internal hemorrhoids are not painful or felt unless they push out of the anus and become what is called prolapsed. At that point they may become painful, bleed, discharge mucus, itch or you may experience a sense of fullness even after a bowel movement.

External hemorrhoids develop near the anus and are usually painless. If it develops a blood clot (thrombosed hemorrhoid), it may become painful or it can bleed if it ruptures. There could be some itching or sensitivity. Generally, most hemorrhoid symptoms will go away in two to seven days. A firm lump should recede in four to six weeks. In persistent cases, however, treatment may be necessary to reduce or remove the hemorrhoids.

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