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Understanding Hemorrhoids -- Symptoms

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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Understanding Hemorrhoids -- the Basics

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels of the rectum. The hemorrhoidal veins are located in the lowest area of the rectum and the anus. Sometimes they swell so that the vein walls become stretched, thin, and irritated by passing bowel movements. Hemorrhoids are classified into two general categories: internal and external.   Internal hemorrhoids lie far enough inside the rectum that you can't see or feel them. They don't usually hurt because there are few pain-sensing nerves in the rectum...

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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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