What are the Signs of Hemorrhoids

By: Sandy Rowde

The following are some of the signs or symptoms of hemorrhoids:

1. The number one sign of hemorrhoids is bleeding. Unlikely bleeding of the anus is something that can be presumed as a sign of hemorrhoids. Bleeding from the rectum usually get into notice during bowel movement wherein there is a stain of blood in the stool. It is best to immediately see a doctor if there is occurrence of any bleeding from the anal canal before, during, or after a bowel movement. One, however, should take into consideration that bleeding in the anus can also be another form of disorder/sickness, and might not be necessarily a cause of hemorrhoids.

A bleeding anus can become very uncomfortable and embarrassing. Since bleeding happens when the anus or the lower body exerts pressure, bleeding may happen anywhere such as when one is in a public place. Needless to say, nobody wants to have their clothes stained with blood from the anus.

2. Another sign of hemorrhoids is the unusual change in how your stool looks like. A sudden change in the size, shape and color of the stools might indicate of hemorrhoids. A blockage or a narrow passage (due to congestion) can be a reason for thin-sized stools (not-so ordinarily thin). Atypically dark-colored stools also indicate certain blockages in the passage.

3. Pain in the rectum or around the rectal area which is not caused by any known physical injury can be indicative of hemorrhoids condition. Some of these pains include an intense throbbing and discomfort which does not subside easily should be reason enough to seek a doctor's advise. External hemorrhoids are more likely to cause pain and discomfort since external hemorrhoids are more exposed to outside irritants. In some cases, pain is also accompanied with bleeding.

4. Discharges from the anus may also indicate hemorrhoids. These anal discharges may be brought about by irritation or swelling of the internal hemorrhoids.

5. Bumps, sores, lumps and swelling around the anus and rectum are may also be signs of hemorrhoids. These lumps, sores, bumps, swelling and sac-like protrusions in the anus is due to swelling of the blood vessels in the internal anal canal because of too much pressure exerted by the anus. The sizes of these lumps may vary from the size of a dollar to a much larger one. There are basically four degrees of hemorrhoids and each has its corresponding signs and symptoms as well as treatments:

- First Grade Hemorrhoids: The first grade hemorrhoids may be internal or external. The first grade of hemorrhoids is often accompanied with bleeding.

- Second Grade Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids may draw back in into the anal canal. In this grade, bleeding may not necessarily be present.

- Third Grade Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids protrude from the anus' opening but can be easily pushed back in.

- Fourth Grade Hemorrhoids: These are hemorrhoids that protrude from the anal canal but cannot be pushed back in manually.

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