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What Are the Symptoms of Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids may or may not cause symptoms. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain and discomfort around the anus.
  • Moist, pink pads of skin protruding from the anus; sometimes they may appear purple or blue.
  • Bleeding from the anus.

 

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Call Your Doctor About Hemorrhoids If:

  • You have anal bleeding, even if you believe it is from hemorrhoids. Colon polyps, colitis, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, and colorectal cancer also can cause anal bleeding. An accurate diagnosis is essential.
  • Your hemorrhoids are painful and are not getting better after trying self-care measures such as taking warm sitz baths and Tylenol to relieve pain and eating a high-fiber diet.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 30, 2014

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