Do you have hemorrhoids? How to find out

By John Richon

Contrary to public opinion, hemorrhoids are normal and are present in everybody. These masses of tissue found in and surrounding the anus and they're what allows you to take control of your bowel activity. However, with strain around the pelvic area during constipation or pregnancy, they can often develop into whatever we now know as piles. While they aren't necessarily fatal, they can cause great discomfort and excruciating pain for the sufferer, particularly when they are not caught early on. However, because they are often painless, no one realizes that they are suffering from piles until it's too late, when sitting or defecating can become a very strenuous task. So how does one know he or she has hemorrhoids or piles? This article will clue you in on the different signs of hemorrhoids.

Firstly, you have to remember that hemorrhoids can either be external (around the anus) or internal (from the rectal area) and that each may have unique symptoms based on the severity.

Internal Hemorrhoids:

Internal hemorrhoids are often hard to detect as they are often painless. However, sufferers may often notice bloody streaks on the tissue paper after wiping, or in the toilet. Blood, along with mucus is also present in the stool. This is caused by the irritation on the hemorrhoidal veins inside the rectal area, causing blood to leak from the rectum. In certain cases, blood may leak from the rectum even without bowel movement.

But don't jump to conclusion immediately. Rectal bleeding may be caused by other pre-existing factors such as anal cancer or colorectal cancer. That is why it is vital that you consult your doctor straight away once you see blood on your stools or on the tissue after wiping.

External Hemorrhoids:

External hemorrhoids are less difficult to spot because they are often very painful, especially during sitting or defecating while some do not experience any pain at all. You may also notice lumps of spongy tissue around the anal opening, which may bleed during bowel movement or after wiping. Blood might appear on the tissue paper, in the toilet or on the stool itself.

External hemorrhoids are also extremely itchy and uncomfortable and may cause stool leakage.

Exerting more pressure during bowel movement may also aggravate your external hemorrhoids and may become thrombosed or allow formation of blood clots. This will cause the sufferer more serious pain and discomfort and may require immediate medical treatment.

Common signs of hemorrhoids for both internal and external

Besides bloody stools and tissue paper, sufferers of either external or internal hemorrhoids may experience the urge to defecate even after bowel movement.

Once you identify these symptoms of hemorrhoids, don't opt for surgical removal of the piles immediately. In some instances, piles or hemorrhoids usually go away by itself, unless it is often triggered by the strain in the anal or rectal area. There are also home remedies you can use to get rid of hemorrhoids together with the discomfort it brings. A diet rich in fiber as well as water can help alleviate if not heal hemorrhoid flare ups and keep them from coming back. You can also use butcher's broom to help cure the inflammation on the hemorrhoidal veins.

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