Symptoms of hemorrhoids are nearly always moderate to extreme although hemorrhoid sufferers will likely insist it’s the latter. Fortunately, there are ways to treat them. However, before treatment you first have to be able to identify the symptoms.
The most common symptom is pain in the anal area but it’s also important to be aware of fissures forming in that area as well. The skin is quite thin there and is therefore prone to damage from the hemorrhoids. Left unchecked you may, also in the anal area, develop fistulas, which represent an abnormal condition where the anal wall is joined to surrounding tissue.
Certainly you will experience an itching sensation and likely also a burning feeling. Various other problems in the bowels can occur. In advanced cases blood may be seeping out. Since at the very least they are annoying, you will probably seek treatment for any of the symptoms. If however, you experience more serous symptoms such as bleeding it is imperative that you seek medical help.
Thrombosed hemorrhoids, or external hemorrhoids, are characterized by painful inflammation around the anus. This is caused by clotted blood. It is indicative of a serious condition and medical attention is well advised.
With internal hemorrhoids the swelling is not usually visible outside the anus, although extreme cases occur where the growth advances until it is actually visible externally. Internal hemorrhoids are marked by having the effects but not necessarily always feeling the symptoms. It is still a serious condition although it is harder to detect, since it is generally not readily visible externally. If you notice blood in the anal area but don’t have the obvious external hemorrhoids, it is likely you still have hemorrhoids but they are internal. Blood in the feces can be the result of several conditions but hemorrhoids are one of the more common. Regardless of the cause, it is potentially serious and you should see a doctor as soon as is practical.
Except in the most mild of cases the doctor will have to treat you for hemorrhoids. You can’t manage it on your own. Be sure to give the doctor as many specific details as possible about your symptoms.
After successful treatment you will want to adhere to a healthy diet and practice good hygiene, two key factors in preventing a recurrence. After the annoyance of hemorrhoids and the procedures to remove them, you surely don’t want to have to go through it all again.