Symptoms of Hemorrhoids

What are hemorrhoid symptoms?

For many, hemorrhoid symptoms are often nothing worse than some mild discomfort and a minor case of embarrassment. Both are easily lived with, and the fact remains that the symptoms of hemorrhoids will usually disappear of their own accord, sometimes within a few days of manifesting.

Hemorrhoids are small, mostly painless, fleshy lumps that can often display the following symptoms:

  • Rectal bleeding (painless)
  • Anal itching
  • Discomfort during bowel movements
  • Occasional sharp pains
  • Lumps protruding from anus following bowel movement
  • Mucoid discharge (often brown)
  • Slimy mucous or brown discharge
  • Constant feeling of needing to empty bowels (Tenesmus)
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Additional hemorrhoid symptoms

Further symptoms that may manifest in a case of hemorrhoids include a hardening of the swollen blood vessel. This occurs when a blood clot forms in the hemorrhoid (thrombosis), causing your anal sphincter to tighten around it, resulting in a hard, often painful lump. This is often on account of excessive straining during visits to the bathroom.

Bleeding is also common, and may be evident upon either the bathroom tissue, or the surface of your stools. This is because the membranes covering the hemorrhoids are extremely delicate and easily perforated during a bowel movement. In rare cases the bleeding can be more severe.

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